Derry four piece THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES to play Limelight, Belfast show

The Wood Burning Savages

The Derry four-piece recently released their new single ‘Hand to Mouth’, their first since their Northern Ireland Music Prize-winning album ‘Stability’.

The track is a bruising blast of pent-up vitriol, driven by jagged guitars and rapid drums. A swift, pummelling cry of spirited defiance.

It’s a statement of intent from the quartet for the year ahead, with a forthcoming UK and Ireland tour in the Spring their first run of shows since last year’s festival outings; which included SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Written in the shadow of crippling economic despair, ‘Hand to Mouth’ sees frontman Paul Connolly unleash a piercing lyrical tirade of anger and disgust.

‘I regularly talk to people who tell me more and more that they feel like they have been forgotten about or left behind.’ says Paul Connolly.

‘This song is a signal fire to say that things haven’t been right for a long time, but now enough is enough. We’re not going to stand by and let generations of hard work and community collaboration be ripped apart.

People deserve dignity, and it’s not up for negotiation.’

The band are often compared to Yard Act, Death From Above 1979 and Stiff Little Fingers, due to their turbulent sound of pulsating riffs and sharp political bite.

Alongside their NI Music Prize gong for their ferocious debut album ‘Stability’, which saw them beat out the likes of Snow Patrol, Ash and Bicep to be the first self-released artist to win Northern Ireland Album of the Year, the band also were awarded the prize of Best Live Act.

Previous live highlights include Left Field at the Glastonbury festival and supporting Snow Patrol at their sell-out homecoming show in front of 30,000 people. They have been championed by BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 6Music, with Tom Robinson describing vocalist Paul Connolly as “one of the next generation’s great rock frontmen.”

They’ve toured throughout the UK and Ireland with the likes of Ash, Therapy? and Skinny Lister.

The Wood Burning Savages Tour Dates:

25th – Limelight 2, Belfast
30th – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
31st – Head of Steam, Newcatle

1st – The Jacaranda, Liverpool
2nd – Gullivers, Manchester
4th – The Moon, Cardiff
5th – Crofters Rights, Bristol
6th – The Grace, London
7th – The Star Inn, Guildford
8th – Hope & Ruin, Brighton

12th – Grand Social, Dublin

The Wood Burning Savages are:

Paul Connolly – vocals
Dan Acheson – bass
Elliott Finlay – drums
Michael Woods – guitar

The Wood Burning Savages
Limelight 2, Belfast
Saturday 25th March 2023
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The Wood Burning Savages

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