Boomkat Product Review:
Three years on from their previous album, Let's Stay Friends, Les Savy Fav return with a blistering and lean new record in Root For Ruin. Leading with 'Appetites' the band reassert their position as one of the most vital punk-influenced indie rock bands on the circuit. Since their earliest output in the late-nineties, this has been a band whose angular and wonderfully disjointed guitar assault has cast quite an influence on the artier end of the indie spectrum during the 2000s, with the likes of Bloc Party citing Les Savy Fav's lean, jolting guitars as a major inspiration. Root For Ruin is a blisteringly strong return for the NYC band, recalling their post-hardcore roots as well as forebears like Mission Of Burma. Not a moment of the album is wasted, and tracks like 'Excess Energies', 'Lips 'N' Stuff' and the Pixies-ish 'Let's Get Out Of Here' bristle with visceral thrills.