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Interview:
Savages find their groove on sophomore album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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When Savages' second album, "Adore Life," came out in January, a more prominent presence for the bass guitar was immediately evident -- and commented on by many reviewers.

But bassist Ayse Hassan swears she had nothing to do with it.

"No, I didn't play the mixer off," a laughing Hassan says by phone from New York. "I mean, I'm always going to push the bass side of things 'cause I'm an ambassador for the bass tone. I love the instrument, and it's so important to the way a song is built."

Hassan does, however, note that "Adore Life's" mixing engineer "comes from the electronic kind of dance thing, and a lot of dance music led by beats, something from the bass or drums. So that's important to him, too, and he made sure to push it up a little bit."

The bass isn't the only difference between "Adore Life" and the British quartet's 2013 debut, "Silence Yourself." Hassan acknowledges that the new album is "more produced" than its predecessor, and that rather than setting up and recording as a band this time the group members recorded their parts separately and then fused them together.

"We wanted to have a completely different process from the first record," Hassan explains. "We wanted there to be more space for production ideas and to experiment with sounds and what we wanted to achieve with our instruments. On 'Silence Yourself' we'd been together about a year and a half and we wanted that to be true to what we were on stage, so it was quite raw. This time we tried another way."

Hassan isn't sure what Savages will do next time in the studio, however.

"I don't have a preference to be honest, because I think all of us feel it's great to constantly try new stuff," she explains. "With each process we try we learn more things and it kind of informs us in a way that will go on to inform the third record. So what we do next might be completely different again. There's no telling yet."

Savages and Angus Tarnawsky

Tuesday, April 5. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit.

Tickets are $20.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.com.




Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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