July 2015 National Music Reviews

Review: Barrence Whitfield & The Savages – Under The Savage Sky

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Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Under The Savage Sky 

BloodShot Records
Street: 08.21
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages = Wilson Pickett + Howlin’ Wolf + The Sonics

After checking out Barrence Whitfield & The Savages’ last album, Dig Thy Savage Soul, I knew I was in for a treat when I saw Under The Savage Sky on the review shelf. I spun this once, and I can safely say I was not disappointed in the least. However, this isn’t good for only one spin—it’s something I gotta keep listening to. Under The Savage Sky is the brilliant combination of 1950s-styled, bluesy rock n’ roll with the raw sounds that can only be created in the garage and then birthed into this bastardized beauty. Their new album is harder and faster with energy so awesome and infectious that it never lets up throughout the 12 solid tracks. Notable numbers include “Rock n’ Roll Baby” and “The Claw,” but this really has no filler. This is the devil’s rock n’ roll your mama warned you about. –Nick Kuzmack