Photography by Fabien J. R. Raclet©
"It's music and the genre is L.A Salami"
L.A. Salami is an all rounder with his own unique style appealing to ears far and wide, from the punk prophets to the acoustic revelers. L.A. Salami is also a man of few words. And so, enigmatic is the term in which we choose to describe L.A. Salami. A man who first and foremost lets his music do the talking. Exactly how it should be...
What is it then that endears us to L.A. Salami? Where does this enigmatic, almost indescribable aura come from? We think it's because there is no clear genre to attach the music of L.A. Salami to. Each song is an entity of its own, much like the different guises of L.A. Salami himself, some days poet, some days artist, some days song writer. There's isn't any specific agenda on Dancing With Bad Grammar.
It's a refreshing angle and attitude to song writing, and one which goes hand in hand with his seemingly horizontal, laid-back persona. We get the idea that he doesn't care what he's playing, after all it's all his music, his song, his thoughts and feelings, right? "Post-Modern Blues" is the closest term L.A. Salami has to describing it. But even that doesn't cut the mustard. It's like he's entered a creative writing course, where different elements of sound are being explored, and some to great effect too.
Don't get us wrong, nobody can master it all, nor should they want to. Dancing With Bad Grammar is a top and tail record which entices from the beginning, dips somewhat in the middle, and comes back strong at the end. It's just the way L.A. Salami's best (or more comfortable) tracks have been grouped together on the record.
There are two instances on the record, then, in which he must truly be regarded as a talent. First of all, as the man with edge. Going Mad As The Street Bins, I Wear This Because Life Is War, and The City Nowadays are all testament to this rougher side of L.A. Salami. He has a harsher picture to portray, and it's one which he paints best with a bit of edge. There's the Punk prophet.
Another strength exuding on the record begins from the stand-out track Day To Day (For 6 Days A Week) and ends with the final track Pete The Monkey; The Baptism Of Petter The Young. It's a five track run which epitomises what both we and L.A. Salami struggle to denote; the enigmatic, shrouded approach to his song writing. We think this is where his best ideas lie. There's a deep feeling delivered with a sincere quality. That's the one for the acoustic revelers. Four stars or more? Sure, but then everybody get's that nowadays, hey L.A. Salami? Continue reading to find out what happened when he spoke to Third Outing in interview...
Hi L. A. Salami. How would you describe the new record Dancing With Bad Grammar...there's punk, African American work songs, and acoustic guitar song writing? I wouldn't try to describe it - I'd just have them listen to it and make their own mind up. I've found myself having to try and describe my music a lot recently, and nothing really cuts the mustard in accuracy - I made up the term "Post-Modern Blues", but then you're just asked to describe what the description means. Then you find out your description offends blues music aficionados because they think I'm trying to make blues music, which I'm not. It's music and the genre is L.A Salami. That's the most accurate I can be describing it.
Our favourite track is Day To Day (for 6 days a week). Do you have a favourite or is that question impossible?
I think it might be, yes.
That's understandable. In what way has London shaped your sound then? It's shaped it in no more or less a way than living, and breathing, and being alive, and existing in a particular environment at a particular period of time that is subject to objective and/or subjective change at any given moment.
Pete Doherty recently lambasted an interviewer for labeling him a 'Rock & Roll star'. Describe yourself?
6 foot tall, dark skin with facial blemishes, thin, nappy hair, male, city dweller, artist, poet, on some days music maker.
Guitar at the age of 21, Burberry fashion campaigns and a Fred Perry gig. It's been unconventional, right?
I don't know what the conventions are, so I don't know whether or not i'm abiding by them.
How was the experience touring with Okkervil River? Did your music relate to their style somewhat?
It was real nice; they're a good bunch. Yeah, I think it related, especially audience-wise.