Sometimes discovering a band years after everyone else feels like watching a box set years after everyone else has stopped talking about a show.
The show is still great but it loses something without being able to discuss plot lines and characters.
This is why if reading this is the first time you’ve heard about a band called Salad then it is vital for you to get your friends involved too so you can discover their tunes together.
But, unlike a box set, you don’t have to start at the beginning.
You can just start with their latest single Things in Heaven, which was launched in a very Covid-secure way with a Facebook Live listening party.
Until Friday I didn’t know that my favourite band of all time was back with some new material.
But I’m really glad they are. The Salad listening parties got me through a lot of lockdowns and this new track is a perfect piece of pop to make me look forward to live gigs again.
The complex musical structure works almost as a metaphor for the complexities of love while the lyrics conjure up visions of flying through the air with a partner, stopping occasionally in countries for fleeting moments. Achieving the impossible through the power of belief.
Despite not fitting into a formula it is an epic indie pop number that will put a big smile on your face and get you dancing. It is quintessentially a classic `Salad track, with their unique way of looking at the world.
It’s a unique way which has captivated me throughout their career after I first discovered them in 1994 or 1995.
They are the reason I started writing a fanzine in the 90s, after a friend of mine said I couldn’t interview them for his mag because he’d done it a few months before.
They are the ones I used to listen to on repeat when the Drink Me album came out in May 1995.
Before the days of the Internet I was very happy when I managed to get all their early records. And I was sad when personal circumstances meant quite a few of my Salad CDs remained in a loft in Maryland, USA, when I moved back to the UK years ago.
They are the last band I saw before starting the job I have now.
They are the band I was very excited to see for my birthday in October 1995 and still remember seeing them through the window of the ULU as my friends and I queued outside.
They are the band I’m most pleased are still producing music after all these years.
And I think you might love them too so give them a try.
All you need to do is go to the band’s official website and you can download the latest single for free.
Download, press play, turn up loud, Enjoy.
Stay safe for another week!