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Les Savy Fav

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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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Les Savy Fav

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