- 31 Aug 16
The Electric Picnic-bound Savages on why they’re inspired by world music, playing with LCD Soundsystem at Red Rocks, and getting the thumbs-up from Lars Ulrich and Trent Reznor.
Since releasing one of the year’s best albums, Adore Life, back in January, English art-rock crew Savages have been extremely busy touring, during which they have experienced many notable moments. One such episode occurred when the group hit Santa Cruz in California, when they were visited by none other than Savages uber-fan Lars Ulrich.
“He’d actually come to see us in Glastonbury a few months ago,” explains Savages drummer, Fay Milton. “Then we got to Santa Cruz, he came to the show with his whole family. It was really nice, he’s a cool guy and very interesting to talk to. For example, he was telling us that when Metallica play Dubai, they draw fans from all over the Middle East – you get people from all these different cultures coming together under the Metallica banner for one night. Metallica are just a fucking incredible band with an incredible drummer. They’ve created this whole world for themselves and it’s amazing.”
Savages may count legendary sticksmen amongst their fanbase, although Fay says she isn’t chiefly influenced by rock drumming, taking greater inspiration instead from the realm of world music.