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Salad Boys Announce Debut Album, US Tour Dates, And Share New Single

Thomas Bellflower
Sometimes location is everything. Salad Boys came together at the end of 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand; a country whose infamous musical legacy is so woven into the fabric of modern independent music, many hardly realize it’s there. The band formed as many do, with members Joe Sampson (12-string guitar/vocals), Ben Odering (bass) & Jim Nothing (drums) mucking around in their spare time from other groups (T54, Bang! Bang! Eche!, The Dance Asthmatics), fleshing out spare song ideas that Sampson had in his back pocket. The band’s name comes from a misheard line in the second verse of The Feelies song “Fa Cé La” – a joke name that they had assumed they’d change eventually, but never did.

Live, Salad Boys perform a wondrous assault: a charged up blitz of clanging guitars, intoxicating drones, head-down acid repetition and an abundance of dazzling pop hooks – birthed in the band’s living room rehearsal space, & perfected in a live setting. Their reputation has scored the group a wealth of engagements up and down New Zealand including slots at the Camp a Low Hum and Chronophonium festivals, gigs with Sebadoh, The Bats, & Parquet Courts as well as a highly honorable spot performing as backing band for David Kilgour of legendary New Zealand group The Clean. The band prefers things on a smaller scale, however – finding joy & inspiration playing DIY spaces & house parties. That spirit combined with the band’s dizzying live intensity bring an underlying urgency to both the rocking & mellow tunes on Metalmania, which will see release on September 18th via Trouble In Mind. Today, they share the first single off the record, the toe-tapping, supercharged “Dream Date,” which we challenge anyone to sit motionless to while listening. Also, catch them on their first every US tour later this Fall.


1. Here’s No Use
2. Dream Date
3. Daytime Television
4. Better Pick Ups
5. My Decay
6. No Taste Bomber
7. Bow to your Sensation
8. I’m a Mountain
9. Hit Her and Run
10. First Eight

9.23.15 – Chicago, IL – The Owl
9.24.15 – Columbia, MO – Cafe Berlin
9.26.15 – Memphis, TN – Goner Fest
9.27.15 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
9.28.15 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
9.29.15 – Detroit, MI – UFO Factory
10.1.15 – Brooklyn, NY – Palisades
10.4.15 – Philadelphia, PA – Lava Space
10.6.15 – Asheville, NC – Tiger Mountain
10.8.15 – Jacksonville, FL – Rain Dogs
10.10.15 – Austin, TX – Beerland – W/ Neil Michael Hagerty
10.12.15 – Tempe, AZ – Time Out Lounge
10.13.15 – Los Angeles, CA – All Star Lanes
10.17.15 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
10.19.15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Diabolical Records
10.20.15 – Denver, CO – Rhinoceropolis
10.22.15 – Minneapolis, MN – Hexagon
10.23.15 – Milwaukee, WI – Lucky Cat

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