The New Savages: addictive grooves on slow blues riffs.
Hailing from deep down Melbourne The New Savages built their reputation by digging out long lost grooves from pre WWII era blues music. The New Savages make an art of creating addictive grooves on slow blues riffs.
When you close your eyes it will remind you of Skip James and Lightnin’ Hopkins . The vocals of leadsinger Milan Milutinovic naturally become part of a blues groove that transforms into a Delta, Hill Country or Bentonia blues song. Behind the guitar groove created by Milan lies the influence of drummer Nathan Power, who developed his swinging playin’ style in numerous Jazz outfits.
Steps on the Australian Blues ground
This is good music and like a fast train coming these guys set a bigger foot on the muddy bluesground of Australa every day. Leadsinger Milan tells enthousiastic about The New Savages that was formed originally in 2012. It is only since October 2014 that Milan and Nathan are performing as a duo.
“As soon as I started playing Blues”
I formed The New Savages almost as soon as I started playing blues guitar, right after I got really fascinated by Son House and open G tuning. I tried learning death letter blues and failed so I created my own blues song called Grey Faced Woman (To this day I still don’t know what a grey faced woman is) and an acapella song called Rosie which was inspired by the prison songs that I heard Alan Lomax record. This was about three years ago.
Do you perform a lot in the Melbourne area, is there a big blues scene?
We are very busy in Melbourne, we play around 4-8 times a month. We have some festivals lined up for the end of the year and a 2 week tour playing Victoria and NSW regional gigs. We have a small but growing following group.
Where did the love for blues music come from?
I started listening to music as a teenager (my family was not musical at all). I actually initially disliked the blues – I thought blues was boring music made by old white guys like Eric Clapton, same 12 bars and melody every time without the real blues singing, and white guys playing 5000 notes a minute on guitar.
You can see how young and stupid I was because I didn’t even know it Was a Black American tradition until I stumbled upon Howlin’ Wolf and was completely blown away – from there I discovered John Lee Hooker and was always interested in the droning one chord blues music – it seemed so primitive and honest and it connected to me very deeply. I started playing slide guitar to sound like Fred McDowell and Son House and I started to realise what blues actually was and after listening to so much of it I started to realise how to play it.
“I would call our music hill country blues but I don’t know really.”
– The New Savages –
The New Savages have reached a whole lot since performing in the Melbourne Area. In addition to their debut EP “In My Time of Dyin’ the band released their first video on Youtube ‘Smokestack Lightning.
Debut EP “In My Time of Dyin'”
In My Time Of Dyin'” is full of easy listenable song such as ‘My Babe’ and the hypnotic ‘For You I’m No Good’. Especially the guitar tune of this song keeps playing in your head. ‘My Babe’ contains a grooving drum beat which is complemented by a sliding guitar riff. You can hear the country blues in this song very well. The title song ‘In My time of Dyin’ may remind you of the work of Lighnin’ Hopkins.
The New Savages pull your attention by making grooves, I am very curious about seeing live on stage. I’m confident these guys will be playing the juke joint and bars in the United States or Europe and around the world some day soon.