Les Savy Fav – Go Forth

Les Savy Fav
Go Forth

Yes, it’s Les Savy Fav back with more guitar-driven melted fun with thick bass lines. Not to mention another change in lineup (or maybe not)! Production by Phil Ek! Self-released LP number two on the band’s own label, and it’s every bit as great as their last release. I love Les Savy Fav, and with that said, here’s another band amazing me with unforeseen possibilities of progress. It’s more shout-out, with your fist in the air like a cheer leader squad with No Knife-style guitar riffs and the drum marching team putting the smack down in the background. That isn’t your cell phone ringing. It’s a glimpse of the new technology Les Savy Fav bring in during the recording process this time around. So the band is trying some new things with experimental noises and the generation of music.
There is an air of excitement and explosion for this band that combines the sound of U2-style guitars blending with At the Drive-In and the previously mentioned No Knife kind of rock. Les Savy Fav have been exploding this way since 1995. It is hard to decide my favorite songs on any of their releases. Each contain the band’s unique quality of rock and yet stands entirely on its own. Never does it become too much of the same or, even, enough of the same, because you can never get enough of their unique rock. I put this on when I am getting all dressed up to leave this house, and it gets me amped to go. I put it on before skateboarding and gnarl my teeth in preparation to kick some ass.
Go Forth arguably starts with one of its best tracks, “Tragic Monsters.” If not the best song here because of its quality, it’s because the song is a great display of the sounds and style to come. This album does seem to have less of the 70s feel that their previous releases have shown, but it hasn’t lost its spunk. “Crawling Can Be Beautiful” begins with a drumbeat and touches of bass while attitude flows forth from the signature energy-riddled babbling vocals that are vintage Les Savy Fav. It then grows guitar riffs and climactically shouts questions until again repeating the message of “Crawling Can Be Beautiful” over and over, and it flows into a No Knife-like guitar riff of the following track. Only now female vocals back up the singer with shouting.
Personally, “One to Three,” the album’s seventh track, is my favorite. It has a comforting Archers Of Loaf feel and is also one of few slower songs included on Go Forth with more guitar riffs. It is sympathetic and calmed but still contains agitated sounds of slightly-off deep bass and space shooters. Drummer Harrison Haynes does a great job of staying tight with the band’s tendency to incorporate a variety of rhythm changes. There are mixes of screamo and hardcore, elements of 70s rock and snot punk, and wealthy amounts of emotion and humor. This is a great follow-up for a great band.