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An Interview with Savants on Another Dimension

Savants is the 60s psych band that’s been making waves throughout the Brooklyn music scene even before their recently released debut EP, 7. After spending a brief amount of time with Mitch Wilson (bass), Joey P. (keys/ guitar), Charlie Porter (drums), and Tony Prins (vocals/ guitars), Pretext managed to catch a guy peeing on the sidewalk in the middle of the day, a life-size army dude, Charlie’s reaction to Tony and Joey covered in Holi paint, and Tony finding his favorite Buddy Holly record at Human Head. This is Savants’ first interview and Pretext is honored to share their origin story, recording process, favorite (and worst) live shows so far, and the decade they would want to have been born in — the answer may surprise you.


Interview by Jessica Straw, recorded in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Other locations filmed at Glasslands, Human Head, Legion, and the Savants’ practice space in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Savants songs featured: “Come Back To Earth,” “Dark Circles,” and “Hello?”

Savants at Glasslands with projections by Brian Walsh. Filmed by Jessica Straw & Skyler Toski, edited by Jessica Straw.

Savants at Legion, photographed by Scott Lechner.

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more on Savants: bandcamp : facebook
upcoming shows: Death by Audio April 6th with Tuff Sunshine, Worthless & Atlantic Thrills Loud and projections by Drippy Eye : Mercury Lounge April 9th with Worthless

  • Bill Quinn

    That may just about be the best investment of my time this week. That video, the production, the players, the content, the messages, the themes, the imagining, the réalisation…. I won’t say the word I’m thinking, but this pure trucking brilliance all over the park. Made my day. No, seriously made my day. I was going to have a nap like the little black dog here on the deck overlooking the Pittwater in northern beaches of Sydney, NSW. But I got bands to go and promote!

    Nice work, all.

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