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Savage MansionLost Map
Released: 15th February 2019
Savage Mansion is a vehicle for the songs of Perth-raised singer and guitarist Craig Angus, elsewhere featuring a revolving cast of musicians that typically includes Taylor Stewart on drums and Andrew McPherson and Jamie Dubber from Catholic Action on second guitar and bass. Craig - who was previously in a band called Poor Things, and also plays guitar with Martha Ffion - made his debut under the Savage Mansion name in 2016 with a cassette tape EP released through Aberdeen label Cool Yr Jets, ahead of the debut double A-side PostMap postcard single for Lost Map in 2017 – ‘Do You Say Hello To Your Neighbours? b/w ‘Honeymoon’.
Gathering together some previously released tracks together with a clutch of brand new material, Revision Ballads wears its influences from the Velvet Underground, Neil Young, REM, Pavement and Parquet Courts proudly on its sleeve, and represents the first complete statement yet as to what makes Savage Mansion such a loud, loose and endlessly entertaining proposition. From the ferociously melodic likes of ‘Bring Down The City Hall’ and ‘Nudist Beach’ to deceptively easy-going earworm about confronting a childhood tormentor ‘Elwood’, ‘Dog O’ Tears’ rambling response to living in an increasingly xenophobic society, and the final climactic bone-rattling shake of ‘Older and Wiser’, Savage Mansion are the heart and the soul and the kick-in-the-arse call to action every self-respecting DIY scene needs.