Barrence Whitfield and the Savages (from the album Dig Thy Savage Soul) - Somewhere back in time, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages struck chords for the power of rock'n'roll. The Boston-based band approached their music from a clinical path. The Savages kept their studies to the main avenues of investigation: Rockabilly, Roots, Jump Blues, Indie Rock, Funk, Soul and a whole lot of stop-hey-whats-that-sound.The men in the band decided on a major path and they were given supportive nods in lieu of true belief. Barrence Whitfield and the Savages have not drifted too far from their intentions. They have, however, sunk way deeper in the dedication to the cause of chaotic rock'n'roll and the abilty to harvest the sound to truly ellicit a change in the basic struture of the human mechanism. In short, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages are still here and kicking your ass, fuck around with punk soul taken and escort it down the aisle to the altar of love.
The Savages do not back Barrence Whitfield as much as surround the man with a chaotic maelstrom of sound……yes, true surround sound. It is a testament to Mr. Whitfield’s fortitude that the force of The Savages does not blow him off the stage. Barrence not only keeps his spot but he also owns the spotlight when he leads the band. Ferocious rock’n’roll and street tough R&B are the default sounds for Barrence Whitfield & the Savages. Dig Thy Savage Soul is the band’s latest release. The group entered as a musical version of the big bang theory in Boston in the mid-1980’s. They exploded onto a vibrant music scene with a stripped down DIY punk sound approach mixed with classic R&B stage shows. What The Cramps did for rockabilly, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages did for R&B.
Dig Thy Savage Soul presents the music of Barrence Whitfield & the Savages in all of its primal glory. “Turn Your Damper Down” revs up a chunky blues riff as its rhythm and sets the band on cruise control; “Show Me Baby” opens on rolling organ chords and horn pops before settling into a confident stride; “I’m Sad About It” slow burns in sorrow as horn blasts fan the flames, and “Oscar Levant” is punk rock and soul heaven. “My Baby Didn’t Come Home Last Night” may read like a sad tale, but the band views the missing mama as a way to vent via raw blues therapy. Barrence Whitfield & the Savages walk the earth on a mission. They are not here to save rock’n’roll, they would rather poke it with a sharp edged audio stick to bring it back to life.