Root For Ruin LP
2010 album release by Les Savy Fav.
Since their emergence from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996, Les Savy Fav have been building a passionate following among musicians, fans, and critics the old fashioned way: by earning it. In a world where technologies speed new music to listeners and enable young bands instant access to limitless audience, Les Savy Fav is among an increasingly rare breed of band who built their audience city by city and fan by fan. The approach has yielded something even more rare: a fully seasoned band at the peak of their skill that has not been blown out by hype and overexposure. The band’s 2007 release, Let’s Stay Friends, was their first to achieve substantial press response and found it's place in many lists of top albums for the year. With their new release, Root For Ruin, Les Savy Fav seems poised for the kind of widespread acclaim many have felt they have long deserved.
The new album is called Root For Ruin for several reasons. Here’s one: it sifts through 15 years of musical experience to arrive at a diamond-edged sound that’s as upfront and direct as the quintet’s legendary live shows. That goes for everything from the gut-punching percussion and drunken punk subtleties of “Clear Spirits” to the moonlit melodies and restless, groove of “Sleepless in Silverlake”. "Poltergeist", cut in one take at the band's rehearsal space, features a downward spiral vibe that’s both delirious and delightful. Root For Ruin keeps you on your toes through 11 tracks.
Praise for Root For Ruin: Mojo 4/ 5 “Les Savy Fav have penned some righteous anthems that serve to remind that punk, in the right hands, can still be a potent weapon”
NME 8/10 “Delightfully fun”
Q 4/5 “Perhaps their strongest yet”
Uncut 4/5 “ Root For Ruin burns with their reignited love of Fugazi, Pixies and Pavement.”
Track list: Appetites Dirty Knails Sleepless In Silver Lake Let's Get Out Of Here Lips N'Stuff Poltergeist High And Unhinged Excess Energies Dear Crutchers Calm Down Clear Spirits