Music: Barrence Whitfield and the Savages

Garage Soul troupe Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ Cincinnati ties lead to this weekend’s two-night stand. Barrence Whitfield occupies stages like a man possessed, a relentless quality he

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Garage Soul troupe Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ Cincinnati ties lead to this weekend’s two-night stand. Barrence Whitfield occupies stages like a man possessed, a relentless quality he’s also brought to the studio with his band, the Savages, on his last two albums: 2010’s Savage Kings and the new, mind-blowing Dig Thy Savage Soul.

The Savages’ triumphant comeback, Savage Kings, was recorded in Cincinnati at Ultrasuede and produced by John Curley; Blase released the U.S. version on Shake It, while the Monster imprint handled it in Spain. The band garnered tons of positive press and did some limited touring (a few U.S. dates and a couple of European tours), and almost immediately began working on the follow-up.

Recorded just like its predecessor, Dig Thy Savage Soul is inspiring almost universal adulation and the Savages are embarking on their most extensive U.S. tour to date, followed by a European jaunt where they’ll film an episode of Later … with Jools Holland. 

For their MOTR Pub shows this weekend, the Savages will play two sets each night: the first a tribute to King Records with several guest vocalists (including The Customs’ Thom Heil, The Auburnaires’ Vince Gray, the Hiders’ Beth Harris and The Stardevils’ Lance Kaufman); the second, a straight Savages set packed with songs from the first two and last two albums, and maybe even some new tracks from their next album. 

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, plus DJ Bryan Dilsizian and special guests, play Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub Friday and Saturday. motrpub.com

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