Savage Mansion The Shakes

Lost Map
16th February 2024

Format Info

LP - black vinyl

A driving, danceable slice of motorik synth-pop inspired by the Flying Burrito Brothers and Arthur Russell’s book Buddhist Bubblegum, ‘The Shakes’ is the title track from Glasgow-based slanted indie-rock five-piece Savage Mansion’s forthcoming new album. Released as part of Lost Map’s PostMap Club subscription service in the month of February and available now via digital services, it’s the latest taste of the band’s thrilling fourth album, which will be released on limited-edition 12” vinyl and digital services on February 16, 2024. A set of 11 songs which better than ever capture the explosive live energy of a band whose best gig is always their next gig, rooted in a deep well of emotion, and the rigorously thought-through reasoning of writers thoroughly in love with their influences. 


“It’s funny hearing where this got to,” says singer Craig Angus of ‘The Shakes’. “It began as a kinda Flying Burrito Brothers type thing, with very different verses. Something in the chorus suggested it could be rewritten as a more insistent, driven, borderline danceable thing. The weird guitar harmony at the end was an accident borne of me being a sloppy player.


Guitarist Andrew Macpherson adds: “I read a book about Arthur Russell called Buddhist Bubblegum that focuses on how his esoteric and Buddhist practices were an integral part of his songwriting process. The idea of having systems and chunks of ideas that you would repeatedly refer back to was a big influence on my approach on the album and I feel it strongly here.”


Formed as a vehicle for the effervescent, speak-sung, slice-of-life songs of guitarist and vocalist Craig Angus, Savage Mansion features long-standing members Andrew Macpherson (guitars), Jamie Dubber (bass) and Lewis Orr (drums and percussion) plus newest member Adam Forbes (keys). One of Lost Map’s most prolific bands, they released their debut album Revision Ballads on the label in 2019 (★★★★ – The Skinny), swiftly followed by 2020’s Weird Country (★★★★ – The Scotsman) and 2022’s Golden Mountain, Here I Come (★★★★ – The Scotsman). Savage Mansion have toured the UK, both as headliner and as support for artists including Pictish Trail and We Were Promised Jetpacks, and have played at festivals including Electric Fields, Estrella Galicia Monkey Week in Sevilla, Tenement Trail and Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling.


Recorded live to tape with minimal overdubs at Analogue Catalogue – the Newry, Northern Ireland analogue studio of producer Julie McLarnon (Lankum, Junior Brother, The Vaselines, Brigid Mae Power, Barbarossa) – Savage Mansion’s new album The Shakes is full of raw and instinctual playing, happy accidents embraced and not glossed over. It’s the end product of months of patient and painstaking groundwork, Craig working closely with co-songwriter Andrew Macpherson to shape and re-shape ideas, until they represented the best version of the band we’ve heard yet. “As part of the writing of this album I would cycle out to Paisley and just listen to music with Andrew,” says Craig. “We would get a bit high and put a few records on. The man has the most amazing record collection.


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