What Toronto – or in general, Canada – doesn’t seem to have a shortage of is folk music (just look at our past Toronto Soundscapes entries featuring The Strumbellas and Union Duke). Each group is certainly different from the last as each group seems to incorporate a wide variety of different genres to create something completely far out there.
Speaking of far out, let’s discuss the Gypsy punk group The Worldly Savages, whose name is already a great summary of what the band is about. Much like the different cultural backgrounds that its members have, the band combines the folk music of Eastern Europe and other places all over the world. The result? It’s contagious, energetic, dance-and-shout-until-you-sweat-it-all-out kind of music. And as a bonus, the band puts lyrics to good use to fight what they call “boring post-modernity.”
If at this point you’re not itching to hear some material yet (but if you are, feel free to skip the rest of this text to go straight to the video below), here’s some impressive facts about the band. With a band so culturally diverse in its members and music, naturally, the band has easily found success all over the world. To this date, they have played in 21 countries in 2 continents and have (and is set to play) in some of the UK’s most famous underground festivals. The band already has 3 EPs out and is definitely a musical force in the independent music scene with so much potential to erase the barriers between musical genres from all over the world.
Alright, alright. Let’s finally get to some music. Courtesy of the project Toronto Streetcar Sessions conducted by past 4th-year students from Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media, here is a recording of a live performance of “Marta,” an original (and personal favourite) by The Worldy Savages. Make sure you check out their official website too: worldlysavages.com.