Kiwi trio Salad Boys are all set to release their second album, This Is Glue, on 19th January via Trouble In Mind (Ultimate Painting, Omni, Jack Cooper) records and you can hear the whole album before its official release right here – lucky you!
This Is Glue is a properly DIY affair, pieced together over the course of a year by bandleader slash guitarist Joe Sampson in various lounges, bedrooms and at his home studio in Christchurch, New Zealand. The band recorded 19 songs for the album, with 12 tracks making the final cut that would form the follow up to their 2015 debut album, Metalmania.
Those 12 tracks are weirder in places, more aggressive and more distorted than Salad Boys previous out put. “The overall sound is trashier than the last album but the production and arrangements are more detailed,” Sampson emailed BEAT to explain. “The lo-fi approach is partly due to my distaste for glossy, hyped sounding recordings that have become the norm in recent years but also because I chose to embrace my shortcomings as a recording engineer.”
Confronting anxiety, mortality, and fear, This Is Glue is full of broken songs for a broken world. Not that it’s a difficult listen – existential angst never sounded so easily digestable – since the record is wall-to-wall jangly guitar and lilting melodies.