The three piece psych rock outfit from New Zealand released their dreamy eponymous début in 2013 with great success, culminating in tours of New Zealand and Australia. But pastures new are now on the horizon, and with the release of a new record and first US tour, we ask how far have the Salad Boys come in the world of rock and roll?
With the release of Meltalmania in September, Salad Boys have continued to draw inspiration from 60's invasion bands. The musical vision was expansive, the goal was clear, and parts of the record are certainly well worth touring. Parts of the record. Question is, can you really mould an entire LP off the back of a few good tracks?
"It did take a long time to complete but that was because we set our standards high"
…Dream Date and I Am A Mountain are two extremely great numbers. They stand out and are instantly catchy. But within Meltalmania they are surrounded by music which lacks the same intensity. The result is a record which becomes overloaded with the same noises and this becomes almost boring. It's the lack of cohesion. Daytime Television in all its Casio beauty does not fit, to the point where the vocals are washed out and sound flat. The aimless wandering continues on Better Pick Ups, My Decay and Bow To Your Sensation. But thankfully, towards the end with tracks such as Hit and Run and First Eight, Meltalmania comes back to life. They save the record.
It is a shame to see this promising band miss the mark on their début for Trouble In Mind Records. The band have come a long way since 2013, but the break though hasn't been spectacular. On paper the album sounds great, however the final product doesn't quite match these expectations. Is it time to find a top producer? Or revert back to DIY basics? It’s a difficult one to call, so we leave you with this quote;