Savage Lucy is a Johannesburg based instrumental trio and one of the most amazing acts to storm onto the SA Music scene in recent years. The band was formed in April 2011 and it’s members are Austen Lewis (on guitars), Steven Bosman (on drums) and Richard Becker (on bass).
Arranging dynamic movements of melodic phrasing over eccentric rhythms, shadowed by darkly textured breakdowns, the trio intend to create emotional and erotic soundscapes. Savage Lucy first proved their ability to entertain a crowd by winning the Emerging Sounds Battle of the Bands in 2011 (just six months after formation).
Since then they have been playing live in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria, including Kitchener’s, The Bohemian, Tanz, Shikisha’s, Rumours Lounge, Amuse Cafe, and Schivas Rock. Festival shows include Smoking Dragon (2012 & 2014), Oppikoppi (2013 & 2015) and 4/20 D-DAY (2013 & 2014).
The has shared the stage with the likes of Tidal Waves, The Brother Moves On, BEAST, Birth of Joy (Norway), Last Supper (Canada), The Slashdogs, Cortina Whiplash, New Academics, Taxi Violence, Albino Beach, Poverty Of Ideals, ISO and Shadowclub.
With roots in post/progressive metal, post and psychedelic rock, blues and jazz, Savage Lucy aim to build upon their influences, orchestrating sonic voyages that seize and provoke discerning ears. Their debut album, “Reverie” (which was released earlier in 2015) is definitely evidence of this.
To get an idea of their vibe, have a listen to their track, “Informal Settlement” below:
I recently spoke to Austen from Savage Lucy about the band, their music and a few other things. This is what he had to say:
How would you describe the genre of your music?
An instrumental tool of expression 🙂 a way for us to escape.
I missed your performance at Oppikoppi this year (and I want to kick myself in the head about it every time I listen to your album). How would you describe the experience to someone who did not see you and do you advice for bands who have not played Oppikoppi before?
Ah man, this year was awesome! I don’t think we could have got the timing better sub setting and our album launch, the sound was huge, people seemed to have a rad time, we put a couch in the stage with us so people could come up and chill / un chill with us. All round it was an awesome experience. Id say you better go do it for next time!
Which albums are currently playing on your iPod / Phone / CD Player?
Laura (post rock) White Stripes, Lamb of God (Strangely) Mogwai, Led Zeppelin.
If you colab with any SA Artists, who would you choose and why?
Maybe someone that played classical piano, Sybot or Felix Labrand, just because it would be different.
What can we expect from Savage Lucy in the future?
I guess we’re just keen creating and making new material.
What do you think of the current state of SA Music?
The SA music scene is growing and has mad potential, unfortunately I feel the market of listeners is just too small in our genre of music, that being said, we’ve been privileged for the awesome experiences we’ve had in true scene.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Austen and Savage Lucy for taking time to answer my questions. I’m definitely going to make an effort to watch them perform the next time they play a show in Pretoria (or Johannesburg even). I wish them all of the best with their musical endeavors in the future.
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