Savages intensify their beef against Sufjan Stevens

Jehnny Beth says Stevens is banned from her Beats 1 show over artwork diss

Savages singer Jehnny Beth has revealed that Sufjan Stevens is barred from her Beats 1 radio show because he insulted the typeface of the band’s album sleeve.

In 2013, Stevens said on his Tumblr that he didn’t like the italics used in the artwork of Savages’ debut album ‘Silence Yourself’. He wrote: “The very cool Savages have allowed a very uncool typographical blunder on their LP cover. Who the fraggle designed this?”

Stevens clarified he was a fan of Savages’ music, saying: “I will never forgive your awkward italics, but I will forever sing your anthems to my children’s children.”

Despite Stevens’ admiration for Savages’ music, that wasn’t enough to appease Beth three year later. On her Beats 1 show yesterday (July 5), Beth rejected a listener’s request to play the 25-minute track ‘Impossible Soul’ from Stevens’ 2010 album ‘The Age Of Adz’.

Beth said: it “wouldn’t make sense” to play a 25-minute song on the radio, but then admitted she wouldn’t want to play any of Stevens’ music. She said: “I remember when my first record with Savages came out; he wrote quite a funny blog post about how much he hated our album cover. He went into quite extensive detail – the font, everything. It was cute, especially as I was looking at his own album covers. Hmm. I must say, I wasn’t really very impressed.”

Stevens starts a six-date tour for his ‘Carrie And Lowell’ album on July 15, while Savages start a 14-date US tour the day before, playing Reading And Leeds, End Of The Road and Electric Picnic in support of their italics-free album ‘Adore Life’.