came home for New Year's Eve this year. At the Knitting Factory, the Brooklyn-based band welcomed the New Year with champagne, confetti, sequined blazers, and their own dreamy take on synth-pop.
Lauren Zettler, female vocalist of Savoir Adore, layers gentle vocal melodies that reverberate over a fabric of punchy synths, mellow guitar chords, and the anchoring steady thud of a kick drum. Paul Hammer compliments her well, his driving vocals and guitar riffs pulling their sound back towards rock. The song "Regalia" starts out with articulate rhythms opposite wavering synths progressing into a Strokes-inspired guitar riff before transitioning back to dreamy synths for a chorus punctuated by Lauren's "ah-oh ah-oh's." The whole thing is underscored by a bass line that sounds more characteristic of rock than pop, and the song is finished with a bright keyboard fill reminiscent of "Clocks" era Coldplay. This ability to weave together elements of synth-pop and rock behind driving melodies is what makes Savoir Adore a strong band, though their music lends itself surprisingly well to acoustic instrumentation too. Their recent acoustic EP features songs like "Giants," "Dreamers," and "Savages," characterized in their original versions by thumping bass lines and tumbling synths, but the songs hold up well stripped down.
As the clock nears midnight, Paul glances down at the setlist where "midnight?" is written between two songs. He's miscalculated by one song, but no one notices as he pops a bottle of champagne and Lauren launches her confetti canon into the crowd.
They continue on after midnight, playing "Dreamers" off of 2012's Our Nature,
and "Giants," their most popular track off their latest record. The song bursts into a defiant chorus ("no we're never gonna quit, cause we are giants at the heart of it"
) that feels like an anthem of audacity for 2017.
See all of the photos from the night HERE
Also check out the band's performance live at The Baeble Bounce House: