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Photo: Andrew Paynter

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12.02.02 Les Savy Fav interviewed in Noreasterzine here

10.01.01 The "Reformat (Dramatic Reading)" 7" is here! Also...we just posted 2 mp3's from the new album "Go Forth" on Frenchkiss Records. See below...

07.11.01 The Self-Starter Foundation is pleased to announce plans to release "the lost single" by Les Savy Fav sometime this Summer. "Reformat (Dramatic Reading)" is getting ready to go into production over a year after it was supposed to come out on a different label.

Les Savy Fav formed in 1995 while studying art at Rhode Island School of Design. From its inception the band has married art rock and rock rock disregarding the rules of both in the process. Best known for their chaotic live shows, the band has also released two full length albums, "3/5" and "The Cat and the Cobra". They have also released/are releasing 7 inch singles on Sub Pop, DeSoto, X-Mist, and The Self-Starter Foundation.

About two years ago LSF trimmed down to a four piece; original second guitarist Gibb Slife left to pursue his painting. The first product of this line up change was ROME(written upside down), an EP released in the Fall of 2000 on Southern Records. Although it was written in only 4 weeks and recorded in only 5 days it came across as the bands most developed recording to date.

Now it's October, 2001. It's time for, as Billy Bragg stated it right on the cover of his "Talking With The Taxman About Poetry" album, the difficult third album. We all know that third albums can make or break a band. We also know, especially if you do some revisionist math regarding EP's, that "In On The Killtaker" and "Doolittle" were both third albums. Well...."Go Forth" is Les Savy Fav's "The Queen Is Dead". It's as simple as that. Coming October 23rd on Frenchkiss Records.

"The Slip" from "Go Forth" on Frenchkiss
"Tragic Monsters" from "Go Forth" on Frenchkiss
"Dishonest Don Part II"
"Wake Up!"
"Scout's Honor"
"Je Taime"

"Reformat (Dramatic Reading)"
Catalog number: PSP 019
Track listing: click here
Release date: 10.23.01

This 7" was supposed to come out over a year ago on another label. We're happy this ambitious project is going to finally see the light of day.

"The Cat and the Cobra"
Catalog number: PSP 009
Track listing: click here
Release date: 10.19.99

Full-length #2 from these Brooklyn boys. This record was put out in conjunction with Frenchkiss Records.

Catalog number: PSP 003
Track listing: click here
Release date: 07.01.97

Their debut release. Nothing's been the same ever since.

05.15.04 London, UK at The Academy

Check out their webcasts on Digital Club Network here

Check out a song they did for Rolling Stone here

click here for all self-starter tour dates.

San Diego, by Andrew Paynter:
a few from Baltimore by Shawn Breen:
photo by chris newmyer