Savage Republic was a seminal Los Angeles Tribal-Industrial-Art-Punk band from the 1980s, currently reformed and active with a different line-up. They were influenced by a diverse array of music, including Glenn Branca, Can, DNA, Amon Duul, PiL, The Pop Group, Joy Division, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, The Ventures and Flipper, as well as a variety of ethnic music from around the world. Their sound and aesthetic approach resonated alongside contemporaries such as Einstürzende Neubauten, Sonic Youth and the Butthole Surfers.
In 2005 Savage Republic reformed, albeit without "leader" Bruce Licher, touring the U.S. west coast. The band now consists of post-1983 "core" members Greg Grunke, Thom Fuhrmann and Ethan Port, as well as drummer Sterling Fox (who performed in several post-Savage Republic projects with this trio). The massive Glenn Branca-inspired guitar shimmering still remains.
In Jan 2006 Savage Republic co-headlined the Los Angeles "How to Destroy the Universe - Part 5" festival with Blixa Bargeld.
"1938", their first studio album in nearly two decades, was released on Neurot Recordings in October 2007.