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Approved: Savages – The Answer

By | Published on Thursday 22 October 2015


Savages have announced that they will release their second album, ‘Adore Life’, on 22 Jan next year. And that’s good news, isn’t it? I just listened to their first album again and enjoyed it thoroughly. Yesterday they also released the video for the first single from the new record, ‘The Answer’. But what is the answer?

In a statement, the band explained: “It’s about change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognising your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding the cliché”.

Yeah, but what actually is the answer? “It’s about being the solution, not the problem. It’s about showing weakness to be strong. It’s about digging through your dirt to look for diamonds. It’s about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts. It’s about boredom and the things we do to drive it away”.

OK, fine. But I’m starting to think you don’t even have the answer. “It’s about being on your own so you can be with people. It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day. It’s about the parts and the sum of the parts. It’s about the music and the message: together, one and the same. It’s about bass, guitars, drums, and vocals. It’s about opening-out and never, ever dying”.

“But most of all it’s about love, every kind of love”, they concluded, finally getting to the fucking point. “Love is the answer”.

I don’t know, ask a simple bloody question… Anyway, here’s the video for ‘The Answer’, which doesn’t beat around the bush anything like as much: