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Fast talkers lure female fans

By Ash Wittig
Gazette Staff

Collectively, The Salads are a Toronto-based group who can all agree on one thing: girls are fun. Oh yeah, and they can't live without music.

The Gazette sat down with The Salads this week to talk about a Toronto-based career, mainstream music and how to talk super fast. The boys recently released their second full-length album, Fold A to B, and have been getting rave reviews, along with a lot of publicity. Not only are they getting steady radio play and MuchMusic rotation, but they have also opened for bands like Our Lady Peace, Goldfinger, Blink 182 and even Poison.

On their Web site, Mista D notes the band's new album is "a little more focused," with Grant adding, "We hope this album is one that you could listen to while driving your monster truck."

For those who are familiar with The Salads, especially if you have seen them live, then you must also be familiar with the jazzy moves and fast talkin' grooves of Mista D.

"I'm a pretty relaxed dude, usually; I don't really know what gets into me when I get up on stage," Mista D remarks. "[Fast singing] took some practice for sure. Even my mom was surprised when she first saw me up on stage."

This, along with many explicit comments from female fans in the bands' forum, has branded Mista D as the crazy dancing guy of the group.

When asked about the difficulty or ease of starting a musical career in Toronto, Mista D is quick to praise the region.

"Compared to anywhere else in Canada, it's the best spot," D affirms. "There's so much happening here in the musical world, so many types of musical influences both mainstream and underground."

Having a varied musical sound, The Salads find it's pretty difficult to narrow themselves down to just one genre; however, they also have the talent of making it all sound good, so for now, it's just a little bit of everything.

"We still feel like we're trying to perfect our sound," D says. "We think we can do better, but you always want to maintain that feeling. I think that if you stopped feeling you could do better, you'd have to stop playing music." And The Salads don't plan on leaving the scene any time soon, he assures.

Outside of the musical sphere, The Salads' newfound fame hasn't marred their normal existence.

"I like to go out and check out other bands that I missed while we've been out touring," Mista D says. "I like to search for inspiration all over the place. Grant jams with other guys every once in awhile. Chuck still has a day job and Dave sits around and plays on his computer."

Mista D also admits he doesn't have cable, nor does he listen to the radio. "Not watching TV or listening to the radio, I don't really know about mainstream music," he notes. "I think that there's some good stuff but that you have to search for it."

So where do The Salads fit in?

"I don't know!," D says, but apparently London suits them well. "Every time we're in London the crowds are wild - we played there during Rush Week and the students lost their shit! They literally climb all over the ceilings, they're so wild! It's the ultimate rush."

As for the biggest perk of being in a recognized band: "When you're recognized you get bigger crowds and the bigger the crowd, the bigger the buzz."

The Salads play Call the Office this Sat., Nov. 1.



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