Savoy has been on a tear for the past year and a half, remaking their sound from dub-step into electro, borrowing a little from trap and a lot of house along the way. They just release their first full-length effort last month, titled “Self Predator” through their site for free.
Quickly on the heels of their album release (listen here), Savoy embarked on their Live Nation sponsored “Get Lazer’d Tour,” going through both familiar cities as well as allowing them to visit a few cities they’ve left out of previous tours. That’s how I was finally able to see them in Minneapolis for the first time since 2011 at Lights All Night in Dallas.
Savoy originates from Colorado, and it shows in their sound, which shares a lot of the production style of Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic, similar business models in giving the music away for free and even in their stage set-up with a live drummer accompanying two electronics-based performers. Their live performances show they’ve put a lot of thought into creating an environment for their music to thrive in. They even bring their own, dedicated laser expert (his name is Laserwolf) with them on tour. It’s not all midi triggers or sound-reactive, he controls the lasers live for each show.
They installed their environment at the Skyway Theater in Minneapolis Saturday night, upgrading the same-day from a much smaller venue to give their lasers room to breathe. I’ve never seen a crowd so disproportionately male in my life. It was two, if not three guys to every girl, which is odd seeing as most of the Savoy fans I know are women. After a disastrous, erratic, genre-confused set by opener DotEXE, Savoy took to the stage with one specific goal in mind: to melt faces.
Face-melt they did. The crew kicked, punched and barged their way through their new material in their two hour set, occasionally dipping into their “Personal Legend” and the incredible “Three Against Nature” EP’s. They spent most of the time weaving from Electro to House and back, but occasionally dipped into dub and trap along the way. I spent part of the show on the sides, just observing the crowd undulating with the music, reacting to the lasers and losing their minds at the drops. It was mesmerizing, but it was too alluring to just stand by and watch. This is music to be danced to, to lose your mind to, so I threw myself back into the throngs of people and manic lasers.
There’s still time to catch them on their “Get Lazer’d Tour,” but if you aren’t among the lucky remaining cities, I’d keep an eye on the festival circuit this summer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them popping up in a ton of line-ups.
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