The New Savages are an Indie Blues trio from Melbourne. Their sound’s unique texture comes from an inspiration on the first generation of recorded Delta Blues, Gospel and Country Music recorded a century ago.
Singer Milan’s striking baritone vocals evoke the spirit of a great poet. His rhythm guitar playing is a simple, primitive and hypnotic Blues boogie not unlike John Lee Hooker’s – it’s one that taps into the raw, authentic strand of Blues guitar that has been forgotten by the passage of time.
Charlie Bedford, known as Melbourne’s greatest young blues prodigy is a new addition to the band. His playing style has added a whole new dimension to the band’s sound, with scorching lead guitar solos and riffs that dial the music all the way up 10 keep the audiences eyes glued on firmly on stage, and their feet uncontrollably tapping.
Johnny Tesoriero (Rhythm X Revival, Blues Roulette) on the drums is the heartbeat of the band. Anyone who knows him can tell you he has one of the biggest, kindest hearts and its his heart that beats when he plays the drums alongside Milan and Charlie.
Releasing four CDs as a duo, the band was reborn in November 2019 on an Australian East Coast tour with Kent Burnside (grandson of the blues legend RL Burnside). Milan met Kent in Holly Springs, Mississippi in June 2018. They immediately connected both as artists and as friends. It was decided fairly quickly that Burnside and The New Savages would have to tour together. The 2019 tour was such a success that they’re all itching to do it over again. They’re already planning another tour in 2020.
There’s a new energy among The New Savages as a trio, and an incredibly captivating stage show that is one part ancient mississippi delta blues, and one part brand new modern blues. Definitely a band not to be missed.
Some Festival performances include:
Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC)
Mullum Music Festival (QLD)
Blues on Broadbeach (QLD)
Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC)
Echuca Winter Blues (VIC)
Kiama Blues & Jazz (NSW)
Taste of the Huon (TAS)
“Epic drum sounds and a bold guitar – what more do you want from blues!” – Nkechi Anele, Triple J’s Roots ‘n All
“These guys … they get it. Check ’em out as soon as you are able” – Matt Frederick, PBS 106.7 The Juke Joint
“This guy looks like the uncivilized savage, who learned to play guitar on a wire strung up to a wall. Milan once told me that his guitar was his heart, his voice was the blood, and the New Savages were the product thrown lump and bloody lump into the face of authenticity. Their music goes beyond authentic; it reaches down into your soul and brings out an aesthetic real enough to launch a mission to Mars!” – DeWayne Moore PhD, Blues Historian, Mt Zion Memorial Fund