SAVK

SAVK

 Calgary, Alberta, CAN
BandAlternativeRock

Raw, rough, uncomfortably honest, fast and violent, then suddenly smooth and soaring. SAVK wears his heart on his sleeve, then throws it, still beating, at the audience.

Biography

Raw, rough, uncomfortably honest, fast and violent, then suddenly smooth and soaring. SAVK wears his heart on his sleeve, then throws it, still beating, at the audience. This Canadian act uses deep rooted flavours and combines it with international inspirations to perfectly depict his home sound. Begining as a solo act for Stephen A. van Kampen after the demise of Calgarys rock and roll orchestra Beija Flor SAVK's debut self titled release is a study in vulnerable live folk rock. Now joined by an amazing team of musicians including Paul van Kampen (The Magnetic North, Beija Flor), Brett Gunther (Beija Flor, Buzzing Bees), Stefan Smith (Coldwater) and Matt Chaplin (Joule), SAVK has now released their latest album "Love Letters and Hate Mail" to great critical acclaim including "Best Local Album of the Year" by the Calgary Herald and Beatroute Magazine.

Major Performance Credits Include, but are not limited to:

2015 Calgary Folk Music Festival
2014 Top 12 Peak Performance Project
2014 Best Performance, Calgary Folk Fest Songwriting Competition
2013 Alberta Flood Aid Concert with The Sheepdogs, Tom Cochrane, Jann Arden, Nickelback and Ian Tyson.
2013 Break Out West Festival
2012 Feature Performer at 6 String Nation concert at the Canada Music Centre.
2011 Calgary Folk Fest Songwriting Contest Finalist
2010 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary AB
2010 Trans Canada Alberta Music Series at the Epcor Centre in Calgary

SAVK's greatest inspirations: The Beatles, Half Moon Run, Led Zeppelin, Feist, Neil Young, Radiohead, Devendra Banhart, Nick Drake, Alabama Shakes, Red House Painters, Animal Collective, Ray Charles, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Billy Holiday, The White Stripes, Simon and Garfunkle, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, The Clash and everyone he has played with over the years. Confused? Its best to just give SAVK listen.

Praise:

“A profoundly moving, disarmingly intimate and astoundingly beautiful dream folk masterpiece.”
-Mike Bell, CALGARY HERALD

“Easily one of the strongest Calgary release this year... SAVK has coalesced into one of Calgary’s best bands”
-Sebastian Buzzalino, BEATROUTE

"... His guitar weaves effortlessly around the beautifully constructed vocal melodies... van Kampen remains crisp and clear in the foreground. It’s a position he’d better get used to."
-Peter Hemminger, FFWD 

"... A showcase of formidable musical talent...  Will make an indelible mark on the nation's music scene."
-Spencer Brown BEATROUTE


"...van Kampen's distinct, raspy yet-soothing voice on the record strikes the same chord in my heart as Beija Flor did.  However, SAVK captures a much more intimate side of van Kampen, while still possessing the same precisely mastered song writing."
-Sara Mohan BEATROUTE

"Armed with a small arsenal of acoustic instruments on stage as cover, SAVK offers a chance to explore his musical vision, sharing it with an audience that understands raw, honest emotion. Firmly rooted in folk, his simple melodies emphasize his old soul." 
-SB, SLED ISLAND

SAVK immediately pulls you in with the smoothness of his old-rock‘n’roll-infused style and the genius pace of his guitar strumming fingers.   The talents of this man are generous, particularly when seen in a live setting, and his musical creations are an essential contribution to Calgary’s indie-folk-rock scene.
-THWUNK.COM

See more at: http://www.savkmusic.com

Lyrics

The Hangman

Written By: Steve van Kampen

On the rusted highway here, I found God, but he lost me.
And when I got back to “What’s Real”, I began to think, I began to feel....
The Hangmans coming, he’s coming, I know know know he’s coming down. He’s coming, he’s coming, I know know know he’s coming down.... down down down....
I picked up my carcass and ran. I ran and ran until I had to stop running. And when the hangman hooked my neck, I pulled him down.. You know I pulled that sucker down!
The Hangmans coming, he’s coming, I know know know he’s coming down. He’s coming, he’s coming, I know know know he’s coming down.... down down down....
He’s coming down.... down down down.

Discography

SAVK: "savk" (Self Titled) 2010

SAVK: "Love Letters & Hate Mail" Coming Autumn 2013

Set List

"Hangman"
"Thunder Thighs"
"Operdomo"
"Anecdotal Antidote"
"Hooks and Crooks"
"Do Mi Ti Fa Re"
"J'ador"
"Bag of Bones"
"All Saints Day"
"Teeth"
"I Can't Wait"
"Geometry"
"Complex Inferiority"
"Square Eyes"
"Gyprock V Plaster"
"The Morning Comes"
"The Saddest Song"
"The Red Eye"
"Physical Education"
"Crowscare"
"History"
"Arithmetic"