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Playing sharp but engaging post-hardcore with complex melodic lines, edgy guitar figures, and plenty of eccentric wit (their name, for instance, sounds French, but doesn't mean anything), Les Savy Fav were formed in 1995 by five friends attending the Rhode Island School of Design. Vocalist Tim Harrington, guitarists Seth Thom Jabour and Gibb Slife, bassist Syd Butler, and drummer Patrick Mahoney began making music together during downtime from their studies, and they spent two years playing clubs along the East Coast before their reputation spread to Seattle, where Sub Pop Records invited the band to record a single. "Rodeo" b/w "Blackouts on Thursday" was released in the fall of 1997, and by the end of the year, the band completed a full-length album, 3/5, released by the independent Self-Starter Foundation label. Les Savy Fav's live shows drew growing audiences, thanks to their striking music and Harrington's over-the-top stage antics, which sometimes included remarkable costumes and friendly invasion of the audience's space. For their second full-length effort, 1999's The Cat and the Cobra, the group opted to release their album through Frenchkiss Records, an independent label formed by bassist Butler. The second album also featured a new drummer, Harrison Haynes, who replaced Mahoney. In 2000, Les Savy Fav shrunk from a quintet to a quartet with the departure of guitarist Slife, and Go Forth, released in the fall of 2001, was their first full-length effort as a four-piece, following the well-received EP Emor: Rome Upside Down. In 2004, Les Savy Fav collected a number of their small-label singles on a compilation called Inches, and they maintained an increasingly busy schedule as a live act, busy enough that it was becoming difficult for Harrington, who was raising a family with his wife, and Butler, whose Frenchkiss label was enjoying success with the Hold Steady, Passion Pit, Local Natives, and many more. In 2005, Les Savy Fav announced they were going on an indefinite hiatus, but their sabbatical didn't last very long. By late 2006, the band reconvened to begin recording a new album, and in May 2007 they returned to the stage at the British All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Let's Stay Friends was released by Frenchkiss in the fall of 2007, and received enthusiastic reviews; it also found the band welcoming a new guitarist, Andrew Reuland, and working with a number of guest musicians, including Toko Yasuda of Enon and Blonde Redhead, Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, and comedian and percussionist Fred Armisen. Les Savy Fav documented their strength as a live act with the digital-only concert LP After the Balls Drop (recorded at a New Year's Eve show that rang in 2008), and in the summer of 2010, they issued their fifth full-length studio album, Root for Ruin. ~ Mark Deming
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  2.   Let's Get Out of Here
  3.   What Would Wolves Do?
  4.   Meet Me in the Dollar Bin
  5.   Reprobates Resume
  6.   Adopduction
  7.   The Equestrian
  8.   Who Rocks the Party
  9.   Patty Lee
  10.   Tragic Monsters
  11.   Dirty Knails
  12.   Comes & Goes
  13.   [Untitled Track]
  14.   Yawn, Yawn, Yawn
  15.   This Incentive
  16.   Brace Yourself
  17.   Bringing Us Down
  18.   Our Coastal Hymn
  19.   The Year Before the Year 2000
  20.   Roadside Memorial
  21.   We've Got Boxes
  22.   Hello Halo, Goodbye Glands
  23.   The End
  24.   Disco Drive
  25.   One Way Widow
  26.   The Orchard
  27.   Poltergeist
  28.   High and Unhinged
  29.   Kiss Kiss Is Getting Old
  30.   The Lowest Bitter
  31.   Raging in the Plague Age
  32.   Obsessed With the Excess
  33.   Hold On to Your Genre
  34.   Daily Dares
  35.   No Sleeves
  36.   Rome
  37.   Reformat
  38.   Wake Up!
  39.   Calm Down
  40.   Lips N' Stuff
  41.   Pills
  42.   Titan
  43.   Crawling Can Be Beautiful
  44.   Dishonest Don, Pt. 2
  45.   We'll Make a Lover of You
  46.   Sleepless in Silver Lake
  47.   Excess Energies
  48.   The Slip
  49.   Fading Vibes
  50.   Dear Crutches
  51.   One to Three
  52.   Bloom on Demand
  53.   Blackouts on Thursday
  54.   Appetites
  55.   Scotchgard the Credit Card
  56.   Slugs in the Shrubs
  57.   Dishonest Don, Pt. 1
  58.   Pots & Pans
  59.   The Sweat Descends
  60.   Clear Spirits
  61.   Knowing How the World Works
  62.   Rodeo

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