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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.   Reprobates Resume
  5.   Patty Lee
  6.   Meet Me in the Dollar Bin
  7.   [Untitled Track]
  8.   Adopduction
  9.   High and Unhinged
  10.   Hold On to Your Genre
  11.   Dirty Knails
  12.   No Sleeves
  13.   Dear Crutches
  14.   Appetites
  15.   Slugs in the Shrubs
  16.   Blackouts on Thursday
  17.   Bringing Us Down
  18.   Yawn, Yawn, Yawn
  19.   Obsessed With the Excess
  20.   Knowing How the World Works
  21.   The Sweat Descends
  22.   We'll Make a Lover of You
  23.   Bloom on Demand
  24.   Pills
  25.   One to Three
  26.   Disco Drive
  27.   Who Rocks the Party
  28.   Sleepless in Silver Lake
  29.   Kiss Kiss Is Getting Old
  30.   The Lowest Bitter
  31.   Our Coastal Hymn
  32.   One Way Widow
  33.   Tragic Monsters
  34.   Reformat
  35.   Scotchgard the Credit Card
  36.   Hello Halo, Goodbye Glands
  37.   Pots & Pans
  38.   Fading Vibes
  39.   Comes & Goes
  40.   Poltergeist
  41.   Daily Dares
  42.   Brace Yourself
  43.   Clear Spirits
  44.   Excess Energies
  45.   The Year Before the Year 2000
  46.   Crawling Can Be Beautiful
  47.   Rodeo
  48.   The Equestrian
  49.   The Slip
  50.   Lips N' Stuff
  51.   Raging in the Plague Age
  52.   Calm Down
  53.   Rome
  54.   The Orchard
  55.   We've Got Boxes
  56.   Wake Up!
  57.   Roadside Memorial
  58.   Dishonest Don, Pt. 1
  59.   The End
  60.   This Incentive
  61.   Titan
  62.   Intro
  63.   New Teen Anthem
  64.   Cut It Out
  65.   Pluto
  66.   Cassolette
  67.   Scout's Honor
  68.   Je Taime
  69.   Raise Buildings
  70.   Blackouts
  71.   False Starts
  72.   I.C. Timer
  73.   Asleepers Union
  74.   In These Woods
  75.   Hide Me from Next February
  76.   DVD
  77.   Dishonest Don, Pt. 2
  78.   Hit by a Train
  79.   Hit by a Car
  80.   When You Wake Up a Snake
  81.   Precision Auto
  82.   Brace Yourself
  83.   Comes and Goes
  84.   Kiss Kiss Is Getting Old
  85.   Raging in the Plague Age
  86.   Scotchguard the Credit Card
  87.   Slugs in the Shrubs
  88.   The Lowest Bitter

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