Sadly Dan are an energetic, inventive two piece from Sheffield who are surely destined for big things and “Savage” is their ferociously engaging debut single. It all begins with a flourish of latin trumpets and a dark, driving bassline and pounding drums like something from the White Stripes’ darkest dreams. Soon, both Dans in the band (Storey – guitar/vocals, Jenkinson – drums/backing vocals) bring seriously fierce energy to this track which not only demands to be listened to and enjoyed, but almost instantly earworms into your brain and becomes a song you can’t imagine ever not having heard before.
Fusing Tarantino soundtrack mariachi vibes with almost low-fi indie sensibilities, wry, witty lyrics and delivery which alternates between laconic drawling and crowd-rousing yelping, the sound almost defies specific pigeon-holing. Lead singer Dan Storey suggested they’re a bit like Slaves, but I think that does them a slight disservice, as whilst the instantly sing- (or perhaps yell-) alongable choruses and punkish spirit might remind this reviewer of said upstarts, Sadly Dan are quirkier, funnier and utterly accomplished in their spirit of seeming a little bit new and shambolic. It takes skill, rehearsal and dedication to pull that off and the band more than manage it. Hearing the track, I was keen to see how they manage it live, and with an added guest trumpeter (“for one night only!” they proclaim at each gig) it is flawless and exhilarating.