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Savages reveal new single "The Answer" from upcoming record Adore Life

21 October 2015, 13:11 | Written by Laurence Day

Savages have released "The Answer", the lead single from their hugely anticipated second record.

As well as the new single, the album's got itself a title and a release date - it's called Adore Life and it's out 22 January via Matador. It was recorded at London's RAK Studios, and produced by Johnny Hostile. Anders Trentemøller mixed the LP in Copenhagen.

The band have explained some of the record's central tenets in a statement:

It’s about change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognizing your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding the cliché. It’s about being the solution, not the problem. It’s about showing weakness to be strong. It’s about digging through your dirt to look for diamonds. It's about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts. It’s about boredom and the things we do to drive it away. It’s about being on your own so you can be with people. It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day. It’s about the parts and the sum of the parts. It's about the music and the message: together, one and the same. It’s about bass, guitars, drums and vocals. It’s about opening-out and never, ever dying. But most of all it’s about love, every kind of love. Love is the answer.

Talking about the new single/video, the band added:

We've observed our audience all around the world and noticed that something is happening. People want to be pushed to do good, or to be good, or just to feel good. We wanted a very intense video, that felt like banging your head against the wall, focusing on our audience: a portrait of our crowd, an homage to music lovers and the good people who are coming to gigs and shouting their lungs out, or just smiling at the back. We were touched by them every night, and wanted to get their message out there: loud guitar music is still alive and still connects people.

Adore Life follows their lauded 2013 debut Silence Yourself.

The pummelling new cut arrives following a lengthy period of drip-fed titbits and back in August they shared a trailer for the new record narrated by Henry Rollins. With massive distorted riffs and taut waves of chaotic thrashing, it's another measured entry in their heaving catalogue - though "The Answer" simultaneously sees the quartet employ metal, psychedlic, and pop-rock fragments.

Savages headline Bristol's Simple Things festival this weekend along with Skepta & JME and Battles. We're hosting the Colston Hall Foyer stage.

Check out the Giorgio Testi-directed video for "The Answer" below.

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