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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.   Roadside Memorial
  11.   Rodeo
  12.   We'll Make a Lover of You
  13.   Bringing Us Down
  14.   Calm Down
  15.   [Untitled Track]
  16.   Knowing How the World Works
  17.   One Way Widow
  18.   Pots & Pans
  19.   Dirty Knails
  20.   Pills
  21.   The Year Before the Year 2000
  22.   Yawn, Yawn, Yawn
  23.   The Orchard
  24.   Sleepless in Silver Lake
  25.   Dear Crutches
  26.   Kiss Kiss Is Getting Old
  27.   Comes & Goes
  28.   The Lowest Bitter
  29.   Dishonest Don, Pt. 2
  30.   Hold On to Your Genre
  31.   Daily Dares
  32.   The Slip
  33.   Tragic Monsters
  34.   No Sleeves
  35.   Rome
  36.   Titan
  37.   Reformat
  38.   The End
  39.   Scotchgard the Credit Card
  40.   Appetites
  41.   Dishonest Don, Pt. 1
  42.   High and Unhinged
  43.   Crawling Can Be Beautiful
  44.   Hello Halo, Goodbye Glands
  45.   We've Got Boxes
  46.   Wake Up!
  47.   Blackouts on Thursday
  48.   Slugs in the Shrubs
  49.   Lips N' Stuff
  50.   Bloom on Demand
  51.   Obsessed With the Excess
  52.   This Incentive
  53.   Excess Energies
  54.   Raging in the Plague Age
  55.   Brace Yourself
  56.   Poltergeist
  57.   Fading Vibes
  58.   Clear Spirits
  59.   One to Three
  60.   The Sweat Descends
  61.   Disco Drive
  62.   Our Coastal Hymn

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