The Wood Burning Savages are a fast-paced punk rock band from Derry City, Northern Ireland. Proudly wearing the rebel spirit of their hometown on their sleeves, with pulsating riffs and a sharp political edge, they are often compared to Manic Street Preachers, Future of The Left and Queens of the Stone Age.
On 27th April the band self released their debut album 'Stability'. Which features the singles 'We Love You', 'Living Hell', 'Purple Heart' and 'I Don't Know Why I Do It To Myself'. Frontman Paul Connolly describes 'Stability' as:-
'A collection of songs about a working class furious at years of empty promises from billionaire Tory MPs who have no insight into everyday life. It's an album about how these empty promises lead to empty factories and fill job centres with disillusioned people stuck in a cycle of patronising and humiliating Steps To Work schemes.'
It was produced by Rocky O'Reilly (Touts, Cassels, exMagician) in Start Together Studios, Belfast, and mastered by Robin Schmidt (Wolf Alice, The 1975, Jake Bugg).
The band has been lauded for their frenetic live shows, each night serving up a full-blooded cocktail of breakneck guitars and frenzied anthems. With each track The Wood Burning Savages share gritty real life tales of disillusion and indignation, giving a voice to a generation more marginalised and divided than ever before.
Over the past few months The Wood Burning Savages have played a string of shows supporting fast rising rock acts The Amazons, VANT and Fangclub, alongside a hometown show with cult Irish guitar heroes And So I Watch You From Afar.
Having played the BBC Introducing tent at Glastonbury, the band went on to play riotous sets at festivals throughout Ireland and beyond, performing in Scotland, Poland and Germany. They were selected by Dublin’s Whelan's to play their yearly One's To Watch 2018 festival, and were hand-picked by Jesse and Sebastien of Death From Above to support them on the Irish leg of their European tour.
New single ‘I Don’t Know Why I Do It To Myself’ is a gripping riot of snarling fury and biting guitars, highlighting the cruel consequences years of crippling austerity has created
The decline of his hometown was something Connolly felt he had to shine a spotlight on for the song, saying:
‘Living in a small town with very little chance of steady income, with one of the highest suicide rates in Western Europe, with an absent Northern Irish government assembly, the state of mental health in Derry is at a perilous ebb and countless men and women take their lives each year in our city by jumping from either of the two large bridges that connect the city. This is a song about people on the verge of taking their own lives through sheer shame.'
Their music has even been embraced by the world of wrestling with Philadelphia grappler 'The Product' David Starr selecting 'We Love You' as his entrance theme!
They've been championed by BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland, BBC Radio 1, RTE 2FM and have recently played in session for BBC 6Music and Dublin's Today FM.