Derry punks ‘The Wood Burning Savages’ have provided us with a statement full of anger and political frustration on their debut album ‘Stability’. Opening title track explodes into the listener’s ear. The pounding driven bass of Daniel Acheson rumbles throughout the whole track, carrying frontman Paul Connelly’s snarling vocals. A song about living in the “age of the super-injunction” it is an opening statement that leaves no confusion about the bands aims on this record.
In our interview with Paul Connelly back in March, he described Stability as “a bit of a Ken Loach film as a musical album” and he is in no way wrong. Each song on the album carries a message that challenges the status quo and screams for a change in the system we live in. While the band remained centred thematically throughout the album, musically the band shows incredible variation. From the blend of indie pop guitar riffs and pure punk energy on We Love You to the cow-bell funky stylings of I Don’t Know Why I Do It to Myself.
A highlight of the album would be the emotive Lusitania with these gorgeous strings and delicate guitar leads, held together with a fluid but punchy drum beat. Closer Freedom of Movement is an incredibly built track also, which perfectly channels the frustration of the post-Brexit vote anxiety. For a debut album, The Wood Burning Savages are not messing around. Stability shows them to be a band with a message, one they aren’t going to let go unheard. The band effectively translate their energy as a live band into the record to make this record just as frantic, chaotic and brilliant as their live shows.