Volume 96, Issue 86
Thursday, March 13, 2003

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Tossing it around with the Salads

By Christopher Hodge
Gazette Staff

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THE SALADS GET READY TO TOSS THINGS UP, LONDON-STYLE. The Salads, pictured above, will be invading Call the Office tonight.

Looking for a good reason to go see The Salads play at Call The Office tonight? Lead singer Darren Dumas has three.

"If you do come out and see us play, we'll put a smile on your face. We've been playing for a really long time and are tight on stage, and our bass player is really hot and has a big cock," Dumas jokes.

The Salads are one of Canada's premier good-times bands. They're a quick dose of giddiness in a time when most bands want to bring you down. As jovial, laugh-inducing, party fiends, they have a reputation in the Canadian music scene for inspiring free-flowing spurts of dancing. According to Dumas, it's contagious.

However, not everything is smiles and sunshine for the band. A recent decision by London City Council to ban smoking in bars may discourage many of the tobacco conglomerates from sponsoring indie bands like The Salads. Having headlined two XL Indie Tours, Dumas shrugs off any concerns, and sees only a glass that is half full, not half empty.

"We're going to love it," Dumas beams. "None of us smoke, so non-smoking bars are going to be the shit. At Call The Office the ceilings are really low, so when people smoke, it rises to our head level. When we last played there we had a blast, but a few kids up front were chain smoking. We were in such a good mood that we didn't just grab them and put their smokes out. It's too bad we weren't able to just pass them a spliff."

Having recently completed their third album entitled Fold A to B, Dumas says he's looking forward to touring once again. Inspired by the folding Mad magazine covers, Dumas says there is a secret message buried in the liner notes of the new CD that can only be revealed by folding the two tabs on the album cover together.

"We're always trying to do things that are going to be fun. When we came up with the idea for the album's name we didn't want to blatantly put it on the cover. So we wrapped our heads together and came up with this concept," Dumas says.

Although the band celebrates their happy-go-lucky attitude with a certain charm and dignity, Dumas admits their reputation can typecast the band as a bunch of goofs – even when they want to address a few more serious issues.

"That's one of the problems when you're in a band that has a fun, positive attitude; you're going to confuse people sometimes when they think you're just trying to be playful or joking around, and they won't take you seriously. I'm not trying to be preachy, or think I'm in a position to tell people how to live their lives, but you can't write party lyrics all of the time," Dumas says.

Now, with the recent addition of a break-dancer named Lybido to their usual four-piece onslaught, Dumas promises the band will toss the audience into a frenzy at tonight's show.

"If you're a fan of music, you're going to dig us," Dumas says. "We have so many different styles that we're bound to please everyone. I even found a few of our songs that my mom likes."


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