Craig Angus, the man behind the music of Savage Mansion is something of a fixture on the flourishing Glasgow-music scene. Whether releasing his own music under the Poor Things pseudonym, or playing guitar in Martha Ffion’s live band, Craig has always found ways to express himself, of which the most focused to date might just be the debut Savage Mansion record, Revision Ballads. That record will see the light of day this Friday on Lost Map Records, and today we’re sharing a live version of one of the record’s finest moments, No Flags.
No Flags, like many of Revision Ballads twelve sparkling tracks, makes no apologies for wearing its influences on its sleeve; that Craig cites the likes of The Velvet Underground, Pavement and Parquet Courts as influences would be obvious, even if he didn’t happily tell you. Thankfully in the boundaries of those influences, Craig finds plenty of new ground and new sounds to share, the live version of No Flags showcasing the ebullient sing-speak vocal style, the crunchy guitars and steady rhythmical pulse that propel Savage Mansion’s music forward.
The loose musical energy, is accompanied by Craig’s frankly fantastic lyricism, his wry, questioning way of looking at the world seems perfectly placed in 2019; a year where what was once seen as cynicism has been reclassified as healthy scepticism. Whether assigning a monetary value to a universally available sunset, or revelling in, “a blood stained handshake” that, “sells like hot cakes”, Craig seems to look out on the world and wonder just when we became so tied up in the pursuit of money, and just what that is costing us all. Rambunctious, rowdy and rebellious, Savage Mansion are one a number of acts with something to say, who are in the process of breathing new life into guitar music and reminding us all just how exciting it can be.