SAVAK + Clear History
The New York City band SAVAK (pronounced “saw-vawk”) was formed in 2015 by members of Obits, The Make-Up, Holy Fuck, and The Cops. Their influences range from ’60s Texas psychedelia to British pub rock to early-’80s American hardcore, with some Zamrock and Chicha sprinkled in for good measure.
SAVAK connects the dots from Radio Birdman to Devo to Hüsker Dü to Fugazi, making stops for The Soft Boys and The Replacements along the route. To date they have released 5 LPs, an EP, multiple 7” singles, and a recent remix album (featuring remixes by Mogwai and Colin Newman from Wire).
The live band consists of Sohrab Habibion (Obits) and Michael Jaworski (The Cops) on guitars and vocals, with Matt Hunter (J Mascis + The Fog) on bass, and Jeff Gensterblum (Small Brown Bike) on drums.
For those who need additional references, the band suggests Neu!, The Gun Club, Agent Orange, The Fall, Magazine, Love, Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, The Byrds, Television, dub music, spy movie soundtracks, international folk music, free jazz, spoken word, comedy, food, travel, books, and just trying to sustain a sense of humanity and good humor.