Bloodshot Signs Barrence Whitfield & the Savages


May 6th, 2013 by Rami

We are very excited to share the news that we have officially signed the epicly badass, garage rock/soul punk legends Barrence Whitfield & the Savages. The Boston-bred collective will release a new album with us this summer — their first since 2011's Savage Kings — entitled Dig Thy Savage Soul (CD/LP/Digital). Following the release date the band will tour the east coast, Europe, and then eventually other select cities across the United States. Current tour dates are listed below, including a record release show on September 7 at The Middle East in Boston.

Barrence is a soul screamer of the highest order, and the Savages lay down a groovy racket that's so thick and greasy, you'll need to keep moist towelettes near the hi-fi. Bloodshot Rob caught them a dozen times in college in the '80s and those were some sweaty dance parties. Barrence and the boys are to soul what the Cramps are to Rockabilly--a gateway musical drug to America's demented roots underbelly.

When we first heard the tunes from the new album, halfway through the first song, our jaws were left hanging. Somebody in the office walked by, absolutely floored, and asked if the Dirtbombs had come unhinged. Age has not mellowed these cats one bit and, if anything, they are wilder, rawer and more exciting than ever. We LOVE this record and could not be happier to lay it out there for you. We here at Bloodshot have been lucky enough to work with people who blew our minds when we were nascent, dewy-eared music geeks: Alejandro Escovedo, the Mekons, Charlie Pickett, Andre Williams and now Barrence Whitfield & the Savages! Dig thy savage self!

Barrence Whitfield & the Savages are made up of Barrence Whitfield (vocals), Peter Greenberg (guitar), Phil Lenker (bass), Andy Jody (drums), and Tom Quartulli (sax).


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