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Screamed, poetic vocals and sharp instrumental intrusions embody the ideals of Les Savy Fav‘s noise rock. Their cavalier speak-singing matched with a grungy, garage band underscore in songs like "Excess Energies" creates nostalgia for teenage rebellion and authoritarian hatred.
In contrast, "High and Unhinged" shows lead singer Tim Harrington‘s attention to quality as the lyrics take precedence over instrumentals. "Calm Down" creates a middle ground between the two, keeping some of the angst from "Excess Energies" while continuing the emphasis on lyrical quality found in "High and Unhinged."
Though Les Savy Fav may come across as cliché, tormented punk rock, Harrington‘s expressive lyrics keep the listener from hitting the "next" button.
Check out the angst-ridden anthem "Excess Energies":