Tossing it around
with the Salads
By Christopher Hodge
|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
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
"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."