Album Review: Les Savy Fav – Root for Ruin

By on Friday, 24th September 2010 at 12:00 pm

Sometimes there are bands that just deserve to be famous. Those bands who you simply know are good but whenever you mention them to someone else you’re looked at like you just slapped their grandmother. It simply defies belief that some bands just aren’t famous, despite being head and shoulders above the current top five bands in the charts. One of these bands is Les Savy Fav.

Since their debut album in 1997 ‘3/5’, Les Savy Fav have been tearing up venues across the world but still remain underground in the music scene. Their latest offering ‘Root For Ruin’ should hopefully change all that and propel them into the limelight they surely deserve.

Kicking off with ‘Appetites’ their something of a new vibe about the band. No longer are they a post-hardcore outfit with indie undertones, instead they’ve grown into a punkier version of their former selves whilst still getting a message across. Vocalist Tim Harrington’s vocals working incredibly well with the music that the rest of the band are creating, you can feel the passion for music amongst them all.

The best track on the LP though is ‘Let’s Get Out Of Here’. A happy feel good song pushed forward by Harrington’s brilliant vocal ability and the indie/punk tinged music behind him just compliment each other tremendously. Despite the lyrics not being particularly inspired it’s catchy and has the potential to be a massive hit.

‘Root For Ruin’ does have the odd bum note. A few of the tracks do feel a bit out of place and don’t add anything new to the album. Songs such as ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Excess Energies’ don’t lead anywhere and at times your mind wanders off into nothingness. The latter song somewhat similar to Future Of The Left.

The final song on the LP however is fantastic. ‘Clear Spirits’ is a big sounding epic close to the album. Les Savy Fav tend to take inspiration from a lot of genres of music and they seem to have perfected the art of stadium rock. It has a very atmospheric quality about it with the delay on the vocal track. Whilst listening to it you can imagine thousands of fans packing into an arena singing along with their lighters out. That is what Les Savy Fav should be and with ‘Root For Ruin’ – despite its flaws – could be the album to prove to the casual music fan that music is more than what’s on the radio.


‘Root For Ruin’ is available now from Frenchkiss Records.

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2 Responses

2:30 am
26th September 2010

love these guys, such good “back to school music” i’ve been waiting for! can’t wait to see them live myself

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