Salad Boys: This is Glue (Trouble in Mind/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Right Time
Salad Boys: This is Glue (Trouble in Mind/Southbound)

When Elsewhere reviewed the debut album Metalmania by this Christchurch band helmed by Joe Sampson we felt obliged to reference early Flying Nun bands like the Clean, because they certainly did.

This time out however things turn blacker and harder in places, and they get away a terrific power pop-cum-hard rock droning opener Blown Up which immediately hooks you in.

Later Psyche Slasher delivers to a not dissimilar effect but pushes them closer to the J Mascis end of the spectrum, but again this is just a platform they jump off and land in their own territory.

There's widescreen psychedelic drone-pop on In Heaven, power pop goes gristle and minimalist on the urgently stomping, almost spoken word Scenic Route to Nowhere (which will doubtless be a live favourite) and both Under the Bed and the dreamy but lyrically bleak Right Time again bring widescreen pop-rock to the fore.

Yes, there are some residual Clean/solo David Kilgour touchstones here (the jangle and chime of the gently melodic Hatred) but this feels and sounds like a much more fully realised album where Sampson/Salad Boys have more clearly defined themselves.

SALAD BOYS TOUR DATES

January 27. Barrytown Hall, Barrytown

Feb 2.  Auckland, Thirsty Dog

Feb 3.  Auckland, Southbound Records

Feb 9. Dunedin, The Crown 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Luluc: Passerby (SubPop)

Luluc: Passerby (SubPop)

The early Seventies genre “sensitive singer-songwriter” was enjoyed by similarly attuned souls or ridiculed by those for whom moping around just seemed weak and pointless. The... > Read more

Roy Harper: Songs of Love and Loss (Union Square)

Roy Harper: Songs of Love and Loss (Union Square)

English folk-rocker Harper – now 70 – is much eulogised by senior (male) British rock critics and has latterly been hailed by the neo-folk movement (Fleet Foxes, Devendra Banhart,... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue/Southbound)

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue/Southbound)

Although this Grammy-winning jazz singer is probably on very few people's scanner right now, no doubt that will change in the run-up to her appearances at the New Zealand Arts Festival in... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . JEANNE DECKERS: From heaven to oblivion on the wings of a song

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . JEANNE DECKERS: From heaven to oblivion on the wings of a song

When the virginal singer Jeanne Deckers – sometimes Jeannine -- enjoyed a sudden hit in the early Sixties it was clear to anyone outside her circle that her career could only go one of two... > Read more