Savages confirmed for Laneway festival 2014?

Fay Milton – the drummer with British post-punk crew Savages – has revealed that the band will be in Australia in February 2014 for a festival tour, all but confirming that they’ll be part of the lineup for next year’s Laneway festival.

“We’re coming over in February next year – I don’t know if our festival has been announced actually, but I’ve been to the festival before, it should be good,” Milton told The Vine. “I came to Australia and learnt to play drums in Melbourne: lived there for a few months, made a lot of great friends, it was about four years ago in Northcote. I still listen to 3RRR all the time. So I have friends in Melbourne, I’m looking forward to going back.”

The London quartet has been likened to Gang of Four, Joy Division and Rowland S Howard with lead singer Jehnny Beth earning comparisons to the likes of Siouxsie Sioux, Karen O, PJ Harvey and Ari Up of The Slits. Their debut Silence Yourself was released earlier this month and, according to FL reviewer Chris Familton, it lives up to the hype. “Many bands suffer from overt premature praise but like Interpol, The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Savages have backed it up with a very strong and confident debut built on energy, drama and intensity,” Familton reported.

Although Savages haven’t been officially confirmed for the Laneway tour, they were one of the acts on Laneway co-promoter Danny Rogers’ hit-list for the festival. Savages also played on the Laneway stage at London’s Field Day over the weekend alongside Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, Chvrches, Dark Bells, Daughter, Django Django, Kurt Vile, Mount Kimbie, and Palma Violets.

When we spoke to Rogers about the bands he expected to breakthrough in 2013, he declared that Savages are one of the most exciting acts he had seen in the past year. “It was like when I saw Warpaint the first time. Something just dropped in my heart,” he explained. Other bands on Rogers’ tip-sheet also included Splendour bound indie-folk crew Daughter, CHVRCHES, Disclosure and Melbourne’s Bored Nothing and Vance Joy.

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