Les Savy Fav was a band that sat between artsy punk and post-hardcore back in the '90s. They played in high levels of volume, aggression, and wit, combined with a special care for the craft of song construction. Stylistically, they came across as part Pixies, part Fugazi. As they moved to the '00s, their riffs opened up more, grooves become more central, their arrangements sharpened, their melodic structure and how they play around it became more sophisticated and stylistic. Between the angular guitars, funky bass and drums, and staccato vocals drifting ever so slightly towards speak singing, their current sound is not too far off from the playbook of The Fall in the mid '90s or PiL in the late '80s. Singer Tim Harrington's stage antics get quite a bit of the attention, but this is an accomplished band that stands on their own just fine.