The Claw – Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

The sleeve of this record is a throwback to Saul Bass’ work for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. Based on that reference alone you might expect a 60’s Jazz sound within the record itself. Barrence Whitfield & The Savages are throwbacks alright. But not to the sound you’d first expect looking at those flat cut out graphics. What you get is some of the dirtiest garage rock this side of The Dirtbombs. This is music for clubs with floor space to dance.

There is a horn. But this isn’t jazz. There is a filthy dirty riff but this isn’t metal. There is a groove but this isn’t funk. The riff and stomp invites you to an old-fashioned twist party. The sort of raucous racket that sort of explains why the parents of 50’s teens were so terrified of rock and roll in the first place.

The fact that all of this is only due to last two minutes explains the quick hit and move on approach of rockabilly and early rock and roll.

Barrence made his name in the 80’s and 90’s fronting The Savages and doing his bit to keep the scene alive for the original rockabilly’s. This track is from the 2015 album Under The Savage Sky. It’s the 13th (at least) release from a band of real rock and rollers keeping it old school in a way most (myself included) wouldn’t qualify to fully understand. They’ve been keeping the 50’s alive for 30 plus years.

For what is essentially a living museum of early rock and roll it’s amazing they kept the true feral intensity at the front and centre of everything they do. This is as good an example of how things must have felt hearing The Killer or Little Richard or The Kingsmen for the first time you’re likely to find.

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4 thoughts on “The Claw – Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

  1. I had an idea for a horror movie. In the movie all the animals in the world would turn ferrel and attack all humans. It would be crazy to see a crow attacking people and pigeons and cats and dogs, insane.

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  2. I’m thinking a Tarantino film. I’m also thinking I’ll be listening to more of these guys. This song asks me the question, “Where do you want to go?” and assures me it will be cool with any answer I give. I like it. Much love, my brother. Always good to make it here.

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