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Savage Mansion hail from Glasgow. They are led by Craig Angus and play melodic guitar-based indie rock. Support slots with Frightened Rabbit piqued the interest of Johnny Lynch, AKA Pictish Trail, who signed them to his Lost Map label. BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley and Gideon Coe rate them highly as does Bob Nastanovic - the auxiliary drummer / shouting guy from Pavement. Weird Country is the band’s second album.

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Weird Country by Savage Mansion
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8/10 Daoud 08 April 2020

I don’t want to be the only guy to write about Savage Mansion without mentioning Savage Garden, so there, I’ve done it. That’s not to say they sound much like everyone’s favourite post-Britpop heartthrobs, but, you know.

Instead Savage Mansion draw from the rich vein that is 90s indie rock, in particular the likes of Pavement and R.E.M. ‘Weird Country’ is full of slightly jaunty indie rock, topped with lyrics that are knowing and funny. The obvious standout is ‘Taking The Four’, though I’m wondering how much of that is because it features the lyric “I bought a ticket for one to see Jason Statham fight the Megalodon”. Well, that is a lot of it, but it also features a proper catchy guitar lick and an explosive bridge.

‘The International’ also has a delicious guitar lick, one very reminiscent of that there Pavement, but also a lovely call and response (“it’s the same struggle” - Communism baby!) that makes it sound like a less aggressive take on ‘Violence’ from the last Parquet Courts album. ‘Battlefield Boss Dream’ uses its guitars more atmospherically, introducing reverby slide guitar over a slow number about a man with “everything to lose”.

Opener ‘Karaoke’ sees Savage Mansion take us on a tour of their Glasgow. During the third verse they say cranes and wonder, “how many of those homes are gonna be affordable?” In tackling things like this head on, their music has an urgency that makes you think, yeah this is a pretty ‘Weird Country’. Maybe it doesn't need to be.


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