Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

European Tour – April/May/June 2018

SAT 28 APRIL

Groningen, NL - RnB Night

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SUN 29 APRIL

Den Haag, NL - Paard van Troje 3rd Hall

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WED 2 MAY

Dublin, IE - Grand Social

THU 3 MAY

Belfast, UK - CAQF

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FRI 4 MAY

Derry, IE - Derry Jazz & Blues Festival @ Sandinos

SAT 5 MAY

Ballydehob, IE - Ballydehob Jazz Festival

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TUE 8 MAY

Glasgow, UK - Audio

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WED 9 MAY

Edinburgh, UK - Voodoo Rooms

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THU 10 MAY

Newcastle, UK - The Cluny

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FRI 11 MAY

Middlesbrough, UK - Westgarth Social Club

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SAT 12 MAY

Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen

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SUN 13 MAY

Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club

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TUE 15 MAY

Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds

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WED 16 MAY

Bedford, UK - Esquires

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THU 17 MAY

Guildford, UK - Boileroom

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FRI 18 MAY

Southend, UK - Railway

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SAT 19 MAY

London, UK - The Garage

+ King Salami & The Cumberland Three

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MON 21 MAY

Raalte, NL - Ribs 'n' Blues
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TUE 22 MAY

Saint-Étienne, FR - Le Clapier

WED 23 MAY

Marseille, FR - Le Molotov

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THU 24 MAY

Barcelona, ES - Upload Club

FRI 25 MAY

Alicante, ES - TBC

SAT 26 MAY

Vitoria, ES - Mendialdea Music Festival

SUN 27 MAY

Madrid, ES - El Sol

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MON 28 MAY

Granada, ES - Planta Baja

TUE 29 MAY

Sevilla, ES - Sala X

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THU 31 MAY

Donostia / San Sebastián, ES - Kutxa Kultur Kluba

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SAT 2 JUNE

Oud-Turnhout, BE - Goezot in't Hofke

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Barrence Whitfield & The Savages - European Tour, April/May/June 2018

Soul Flowers of Titan

From a far out moon beyond the rings of Saturn to a dingy studio in Cincinnati, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ new platter embraces a cosmic and groovy unification. It’s a wild, electric phantasmagoria of blues, rock, garage, and soul; it blasts off into diverse orbits only to come back together into a singular Savage cosmology.

Soul Flowers of Titan is about people shooting guns, separating, coming home (someday), falling in love, running around, leaving this earth, going crazy, drinking coffee, and thinking about Sun Ra.

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, a planet which astrologically symbolizes pain and struggle. Cincinnati, where the album was recorded (at Ultra Suede Studio), is home to many classic and unknown independent labels, like King and Federal, that fostered a frayed and raucous sound in the 1950s and ‘60s. With such history at their fingertips, the Savages could not resist the urge to celebrate and elaborate on this legacy, to go places high and low, faraway and downhome.

Longtime followers of the Savage Sound will notice right away a heavier sound, a blast of B3 and Rheem organs (courtesyofnewest Savage Brian Olive) andalive-in-the- room urgency. It’s a multi-faceted vehicle for a top-notch band wigging out with beefy, staccato blues scales, punk and garage riffs, fronted by a first-order shouter well- heeled in the aesthetics of soul, R&B, and rockabilly.

Barrence’s deep, gravelly rumble anchors muscular struts into madness, out the door and off to Mars. “Slowly Losing My Mind” and “I’m Gonna Leave You Baby” are by Federal alum Willie Wright and his Sparklers, while “Let’s Go To Mars” is an original by Savages guitarist Peter Greenberg and bassist Phil Lenker, written after multiple viewings of an early ‘70s documentary on Sun Ra. Also from the Federal canon is the Midnighters’ “I’ll Be Coming Home Someday,” done here with a somewhat menacing dark street corner doo-wop vibe. “I Can’t Get No Ride,” originally by Finley Brown on the M.O.C. label, will inspire you to Frug off towards a fantastical horizon. And try NOT to flip when the original raunchy rockabilly shuffle “Tall, Black and Bitter” hits the speakers. It’s an album that will take you everywhere and, in doing so, will bring you right back to the center.

Soul Flowers of Titan is Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ third LP for Bloodshot Records and fourth since reforming in 2010 after a 25-year hiatus. BW&S shot out of Boston in the mid-’80s with the force of a rocket ship.

Through their sweaty dance party shows and love of primal soul, they were to R&B what the Cramps were to rockabilly—a gateway musical drug for nascent underground roots mavens. Along with original Savage Peter Greenberg (The Lyres, DMZ) and Phil Lenker, they released several records on Rounder Records, became a favorite of BBC DJ Andy Kershaw, and won seven Boston Music Awards. After they reunited in the 21st century, adding Andy Jody on drums and Tom Quartulli on sax, they released Savage Kings on Shake It Records and Dig Thy Savage Soul and Under the Savage Sky on Bloodshot.