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Call Me Savage

Nashville may be Music City, but metal is not always the top genre that comes to mind when people think about what the city’s nickname embodies.

Along with the burgeoning Americana scene, genres like metal and hip-hop have their own increasing collective as well. From all different pockets of town, the metal kinship is not too different from the other genres in the fact that all parties stick together. And sticking together goes a long way for one of the midstate’s newest creations, Call Me Savage.

“There’s a whole scene who doesn’t play country and people who are coming here recognize that. If you go anywhere outside of downtown, everyone else isn’t playing country music. I love the whole underground scene of music that is coming out. The metal scene is growing exponentially,” member Zach Noblitt said.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to discover a lot of like minded guys. We’ve been meeting guys that are going in the progressive direction that we are,” Jess Maurice Skinner added about the similarities between musicians in town.

Along with Noblitt and Skinner, the group is also composed of Danny Bell, Miles Fuqua and Kyle Reiszner.

Performing together for around three years to date, the group’s namesake can be traced back to none other than Percy Priest Lake where after eating a round of pork chops in the water; the guys drew up an image of savages in their minds – hence the name, Call Me Savage.

While three members are from Louisiana and two hail from Kentucky, all are Nashville residents now who found a common tie through a noted establishment – Rippy’s. Here, the members connected while working together at the Nashville restaurant and also started practicing together and going to each other’s shows while in different bands at the time.

While spending time in Nashville over the years, the group has seen the eyes of many open up to the metal genre, especially the casual fan and venues.

“It’s kind of weird sometimes. There are a lot of people who want to listen to what we have but don’t know about it, Skinner said. At the same time, the venues are stepping up and booking metal bands and understand that it can make them money.”

“Our music is for a lot of people even if you don’t realize it. We’ve had fans come out and enjoy it when not expecting it. Some have said, I hate metal but I like you guys. I don’t know how to explain it,” Noblitt said.

“The sound guys like us too. When the sound guy says thank you, it means a lot,” he added.

With recent gigs at The Rutledge and Rocketown, Call Me Savage will hit FooBar once more on Sep. 4 and are in the process of putting the finishing touches on an EP titled “Mercury Retrograde” that is due this fall.

The group noted the EP “features some trippy sounds,” which includes tribal drums along with some “face-melting that will sneak up behind you.”

“It’s up and down. I like to think of it as a journey. It can be very pretty and very brutal,” Bell explained.

They also indicated that “Blind Athena” is one of the most epic songs in their catalog as it highlights the groups harmonies while showing the capabilities of the future.

After their recent run of Nashville shows, Call Me Savage will launch a mini-tour with shows that run from Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

For more on the band and to preview a few of their songs, visit

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