Salad Boys impressed with their debut, Metalmania, back in 2015. A mere three years later the New Zealanders return with their second album, This Is Glue. It’s everything Metalmania was but more so - the hooks are hookier and their approach to the album is a more mature one. This is all good news for fans of REM, The Bats, The Clean, Yo La Tengo, The Feelies and Ultimate Painting, because this is a record you will like. If you act quickly you can get a limited edition powder pink coloured vinyl version, otherwise it’s black vinyl or CD.
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Kind of fitting as we were talking the other day about whether people still sniff glue. Well... do they? I've also been playing guess the riff on opening track 'Blown Up' which so naggingly familiar that I'm sort of going insane -I think it's the Buzzcocks - possibly 'Ever Fallen In Love'. It's also the worst/most obvious moment on the album as here I can't hear the Yo La Tengo/REM/the Feelies influences as promised on the press release.
Luckily 'Hatred' follows in a hazy jangle, a lovely two chord back 'n' forth a bit like a garage band Real Estate. It's half way through 'Psych Slasher' that I realise that this has been playing in the office all week. This is a high octane burst of power pop which reminds me of lost Cleveland pop experts the Mice. Like those bratty snots, Salad Boys veer quiet easily between high energy bursts of garage rock and more sensitive acoustic evocations but what you can be sure of is that every single utterance from them is hook filled and if you've listened to this album as much as we have you'll be humming your way to the car wash.
Another example of the growing list of albums where I don't much care for the first track but like everything else. I think I've found my album for Spring. This is excellent guitar pop or college rock as we used to call it in the '80s, nicely bruised, sorta lo-fi and full of tunes.
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