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

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