| A demo cd by a Swedish band called The Savages arrived at the Half A Cow Records office late last year. Once it was put in the cd player, it was never taken out - and, hearts pounding with the fear that another label had already snapped 'em up, Half A Cow contacted the band and offered to release their demo. The Savages were very excited as this was the first response they'd had from a record label (Half A Cow thanks record labels world-wide for not listening to unsolicited demos!), let alone one all the way from Australia.
They decided to deliver up a whole batch of new recordings to be their debut mini-album. The band wanted their songs to have a rawer sound, and Daniel, the singer, planned to aim for nothing less than "Roger Daltrey's rock vocalist throne". The Long Live You sessions, taking place at the legendary Polarjungle and fuelled by lots of humour and several exciting gigs in between, fulfilled everyone's expectations - "We recorded Who On The Bayou once again and this time we think we really captured it. Higher percussion instead of drums and very airy Stones oohs on the chorus makes it sound closer to water than ever!"
The Savages, from Fagersta, pop.12,000, have been together since 1997. They are Mats Larsson on drums, Magnus 'Bass with Brains' Sjolind on bass, Fredrik Andersson and Magnus Osterberg on guitars, and Daniel Haeggstroem on vocals.