Savage Sister's newest release, Huge Moves 7", comes at a transitional moment for the band. After a guitar-less EP, Wild Sleep, and in the wake of a vinyl release, Huge Moves offers a brief yet complete take on the unique place Savage Sister occupies in the Chicago DIY, dream music scene.
Michael Tenzer, frontman of Savage Sister, had an existential crisis at 26 when he moved home to St. Louis after attending college in Chicago. In May of 2012, the desperation in his relocation inspired him to create music as Savage Sister.
The original band consisted of drummer, Nicholas Piontek, bassist, Jamie Kerry (who was found through a Craigslist ad) and vocalist, Kate Gettinger. The group put out their first EP, Legs June of 2012.
"This is back when I wasn’t quite as sure how to produce music as I am now and it definitely shows," Tenzer said. "But eventually life got in the way. Jamie moved to North Carolina and Kate went back to school for optometry."
Tenzer decided to move back to Chicago, and found current Savage Sister members: vocalist, Chloe Lundgren and bassist, Caitlin Klask.
"Last June we released our first debut album, it was self-released digitally," Tenzer said. "Since then we’ve been a pretty prolific band. I don’t sit idly with music because I like throwing ideas out there and seeing what works."
Their most recent release, Huge Moves 7", released June 6 of this year was created after Tenzer took a brief hiatus from the guitar.
"I was thinking 'we’re a shoegaze band but we don’t even use guitar, what do you think about that?'" Tenzer said. "But that didn’t last too long because I started to miss the fluidity of playing, the guitar is by far my strongest instrument."
"Huge Moves" begins with a drumbeat that calls to mind a climactic romance scene out of a John Hughes movie. It's then paired with an ethereal layer of reverb and the sylph-like voice of Lundgren.