Adjective 1. (of an animal or force of nature) fierce, violent, and uncontrolled. Noun 2. a member of people regarded as primitive and uncivilized.
If one listens closely, the validating voices of American contemporary culture sing only the praises of the wealthy and the wellborn. Indeed, for something to be valued in our current system, that something must make money—and the more the merrier.
Alternatively, “the poor,” as far as our maligned mass media will illustrate, are labeled as lazy, uncivilized, unworthy—and even savage.
The Savage Poor was born from the idea that the common man, woman, child, and idea are valuable beyond their suitability for shareholders. This name signifies both a reclaiming of the dominant language, and a recognition that—while much of the country is struggling—there is much to celebrate in our common consciousness and character.
Lest we forget, rock n’ roll was conceived as a subversive form, as carried through the 1950’s and 1960’s. The Savage Poor aims to tap into that spirit of subversion—of questioning the dominant values of the day—while working to make music of equaled sonic exploration.
Music and art should be inclusionary rather than exclusionary. If you, as the listener, appreciate music more for the way it sounds than for what it says, then that is pure and perfect. In any case, we have enjoyed giving shoulder to these songs of subversion—sung sincerely and with a sense of the absurd.
Spawned in the sweatshop summer of 2016, The Savage Poor is a subversive rock n’ roll band situated and stationed in Austin, Texas, by members of No Show Ponies, Shinyribs, and Roxy Roca.
The brand-new band was born and branded by The Brothers Brown—Benjamin and Jefferson—with bassist, Roger Wuthrich; and percussionist, Alex Moralez.
The Savage Poor’s music shares the subversive idealism and social change of the 1960’s; the sinister, sweat-soaked sounds of the late-70’s New York City club scene; and the melodic, multi-guitar menagerie of the 80’s indie invasion.
In its music, The Savage Poor explores thematically what it feels like to be alive at this moment—in an inequitable and often cold-blooded consumerist culture that provides no shortage of material for poets and comedians alike.