Track Of The Day: Salad – ‘Under The Wrapping Paper’

Having been going their separate ways for nearly twenty years, in 2017 ’90s band Salad were offered a festival date and soon reformed to start recording new material. Now, they’re set to release a long-awaited new album next month and have shared the first taste of what we can expect from it.

Exposing what we are sticking in the sand, and shoving under the carpet, ‘Under The Wrapping Paper’ is propelled by a gritty, post-punk energy and whirring scuzz as catchy hooks and tongue-in-cheek deadpan vocals build to a jangly fusion of sounds. A unique, euphonic delight, this new single sees Salad return to fine form, proving they’re still capable of pushing boundaries with a distinct, vibrant spirit.

The idea for ‘Under The Wrapping Paper’ came to founder member and guitarist Paul Kennedy in a rush of inspiration one day as he popped out to buy a cheap T-shirt: “I worry about child labour / But I needed a T-shirt  / Put it in a paper bag / You can recycle that later.” 

The Salad Way, the upcoming album, is out 30th August on Three Bean Records. Salad will be playing at Starshaped Festival:

31st August – Manchester, O2 Ritz
7th September – Newcastle, O2 Academy
14th September – Birmingham, O2 Institute
21st September – London, O2 Forum Kentish Town

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Tim Topple

WATCH: Montauk Hotel – ‘White Billboards’

Dublin four-piece Montauk Hotel have shared visuals to accompany their shimmering single ‘White Billboards’ released via Reckless Records earlier this year. The track is a reflection on the power of advertising in society and how the models featured within these adverts influence our choices, happiness and feelings of adequacy.

Through a montage of vintage advertising footage, the video gently questions whether a society with empty billboards would give people more freedom, or whether it would leave them lost and unable to regain a personal identity. Montauk Hotel’s luscious soundscape makes these poignant themes easier to reflect on.

Watch the video below and follow Montauk Hotel on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

ALBUM: HAVVK – ‘Cause & Effect’ (Pt.1)

From the moment Cause & Effect begins, until the last riff of latest single ‘Shifting Shape’ ends, HAVVK have your complete attention… And this is only the first chapter! Never wanting to be conventional, HAVVK have chosen to release their debut album in two halves; with the latter set for release on 22nd November. 

Beginning life in London, HAVVK now consists of Julie, Matt and Sam, who – over the years – have developed their own style of feedback-laden, ethereal alt-rock, resulting in two incredible extended plays: the self-titled HAVVK (2016) and She Knows EP (2017).

Alternating between London, Dublin, and Berlin (the latter where Cause & Effect was recorded with producer Rocky O’Reilly), the trio approach Part 1 unrestrained with a take no prisoners/punk rock attitude. Opening with ‘If I Don’t Tell You’ – a biting social commentary on social media discord – you are instantly captivated by the shimmering guitar riffs, pulsating drum beats and brooding basslines, before being transported seamlessly into ‘Birds on a Wire’.

‘Birds on a Wire’ introspectively analyses a destructive relationship through Julie’s raw, honest vocals and an expansive, melancholic sound – “When I’m trying to speak, are you listening? Do you want to hear me scream?” This is followed by ‘Always the Same’, which confronts female objectivity and toxic masculinity, as we hear Julie challenge men who make women feel unsafe as a result of their gender.

On ‘The Factory’, Julie’s vocals soar as the track ascends into a crescendo of meticulous noise, before transitioning into the post-punk x shoegazing of ‘Tunnels’.

Throughout the album, the contrasting narrative of each song is structured into a cohesive whole with each seamless transition. HAVVK have always explored lighter and louder soundscapes through political and social songwriting, and Cause & Effect is the perfect example of their euphonic activism.

HAVVK continue to agitate societal bullshit with their final track, ‘Shifting Shape’. Armed with an abrasive edge, and a quiet/loud dynamic, HAVVK waste no time in getting straight to the point: Fuck constraints, fuck traditional assumptions surrounding gender, and fuck the unwarranted, unnecessary pressure it causes.

HAVVK craft music to make a statement, and with the first six songs from Cause & Effect the band have covered a lot of ground; from inequality to gender-preconceptions. It can be exhausting, but change is happening, so let’s keep this momentum going. Bands like HAVVK are needed now more than ever.

Cause & Effect (Pt.1) is out now via Veta Records.

Ken Wynne
@Ken_Wynne

Track Of The Day: Grapefruit – ‘Soak’

Urgent, atmospheric and totally captivating; Maidstone-based five piece Grapefruit have shared their latest single ‘Soak’. Having previously played for Get In Her Ears live at Notting Hill Arts Club, we’re glad the band have shared more of their magnetic sounds with us.

When recently interviewed for Breaking Glass magazine, the band said ‘Soak’ is about “the feeling of dissociating. We live in a world that is so overwhelmingly chaotic and cluttered that you can lose yourself as life rushes past. The song is loud, intense and relentless, which is like the experiencing of dissociating sometimes”.

We’re happy to lose ourselves in Grapefruit’s new music. Listen to ‘Soak’ below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

 

Photo Credit: Jon Mo

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Gold Baby – ‘500/1’

Originally from Nottingham, London-based artist Siân Alex, aka Gold Baby, has been charming us with her sunny charisma and catchy offerings for some time. Now, with Gold Baby having gone through several incarnations, Siân has stepped up to lead guitar, the Sylvia Plath inspired band-name becoming a source of strength for her – “I am the pure gold baby. Out of the ash I rise with my red hair and I eat men like air.” Currently consisting of Siân and Scott, with other musicians stepping in to help with live shows, Gold Baby has shared a shimmering new single.

Flowing with luscious, crystalline vocals and gentle glistening melodies, ‘500/1’ sees Siân in conversation with a younger, doe-eyed version of herself, bitterly measuring up the years that have passed between them: “All I’ve learned is duller ways to waste my time”. Oozing a delicate romanticism and layers of jangling guitars, the track builds to an anthemic, emotion-strewn chorus, showcasing Gold Baby’s ability to create perfectly catchy, confessional indie-pop.

It’s simply impossible not to be swept off your feet by the silky smooth allure and subtle emotive power of Sian’s vocals, and I can’t wait to hear what Gold Baby have in store for us next.

 

‘500/1’ is out 10th July. Catch Gold Baby live at The Shacklewell Arms on 15th July.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Sarah Currie

Track Of The Day – deep tan – ‘Air’

Currently making a name for themselves across the London live scene with their immersive live shows, Hackney trio deep tan have now shared their spellbinding new single.

Flowing with alluring, swirling hooks and rich, swooning vocals, accompanied by pounding beats, ‘Air’ is a beguiling slice of alt-pop, sparkling with a delicate hypnotic grace. With shades of early Warpaint, it interweaves layers of dreamy sounds, leaving it impossible not to become completely hooked on deep tan’s effervescent charm.

‘Air’s sparkling haze is depicted perfectly in the beautifully shot accompanying psychedelic video. The video’s directed by audio-visual sister duo Waterbaby, who explain:

The film captures the essence and free-spirited nature of the band and shows their strength, individuality and beauty prevailing in a world that often feels like a hoax… In a void like vacuum, the desire for truth is illustrated through movement, colour and feeling.”

Watch the new video for ‘Air’ here:

Catch deep tan live at Hate Zine’s Issue 6 Launch Party on 20th July at The Ivy House.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: BABii – ‘POiiSON’

A melancholy electronic exploration of a toxic relationship; Margate Producer BABii has shared her new single ‘POiiSON’, taken from her debut album HiiDE which is set for release on 5th July via Deathwaltz Originals.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Grimes, FKA Twigs and even JoJo and the Pocahontas soundtrack, BABii has been busy crafting her electronic pop beats over the last few years. She played 7 shows in 5 days at this year’s SXSW Festival, and she’s set play shows across the UK to celebrate the release of her debut album this July.

Speaking about her new track ‘POiiSON’, BABii EXPLAINS:”[It’s] about being in a toxic relationship but just ignoring the fact that is not good or not working. I also wanted it to sonically sound like the feeling of being poisoned.” We’ve certainly been intoxicated by BABii’s catchy, impressive beats.

Listen to ‘POiiSON’ below and follow BABii on Facebook for more updates.

BABii UK Live Dates 2019
6th July: Instore at Banquet Records, Kingston
7th July: Instore at Resident Music, Brighton
9th July: Instore at Beartree Records, Sheffield
10th July: Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
2nd August: Fred Perry Subculture. 100 Club, London
26th September: Waiting Room, London
18-20th October: Wild Paths Festival, Norwich

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut