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September 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM
“The first bit of advice any writer will give to an aspiring writer,” says English singer-songwriter-guitarist Glenn Tilbrook, who plays Seattle’s Tractor Tavern Wednesday, “is to write about what you know… and keep doing it.”
In their New Wave-era band Squeeze, Tilbrook and his writing partner, Chris Difford, embraced this philosophy.
Difford was the astute wordsmith, Tilbrook the honey-voiced tunesmith, and together they spun working-class vignettes — about life and love in the neighborhood pubs and basement apartments of their native South East London — into power-pop perfection.
From 1979 to 1981, Squeeze issued a top-tier trilogy of LPs — “Cool For Cats,” “Argybargy” and “East Side Story” — fully deserving of the John Lennon and Paul McCartney comparisons they elicited. (more…)
September 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Savages has an axe to grind with the information age.
“THE WORLD USED TO BE SILENT,” begins the caps-lock manifesto printed on the jacket of “Silence Yourself,” the Londoners’ recent debut LP. “NOW IT HAS TOO MANY VOICES, AND THE NOISE IS A CONSTANT DISTRACTION.”
On “Silence,” the all-female foursome sounds anything but preoccupied, channeling its societal frustrations into 11 exhilarating post-punk bangers. Though it’s not difficult to imagine Savages sharing bills with Joy Division and Public Image Ltd circa 1978, the band instills its old-school sensibilities with flashes of modernity. (more…)
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