Salad + Meek + Sarah Shiels
The Breakfast Club presents
Salad + Meek + Sarah Shiels
+ DJ Liquidizer
Salad were formed in London in 1992 by Marijne van der Vlugt, Paul Kennedy, (originally The Merry Babes), Pete Brown and Rob Wakeman. After a couple of independently released singles and EPs, they were signed by Island Records in 1994. First album ‘Drink Me’ on the Independent ‘Island Red’ label (specially set up for the band) featured ‘Drink the Elixir ‘and ‘Motorbike to Heaven’ charted in the UK album charts at number 16 in 1995. They are loosely associated with the Britpop scene of the mid 90s, right place, right time, wrong nationality (Marijne is Dutch), but they did play as support to Blur on their 1993 Sugary Tea tour. Being huge Blur fans this was a proper treat and set Salad up nicely for their early successes. Melody Maker Single of the Week on a few occasions and a decent set of features in various music magazine of the time, like Select and Q. Between 1994 and 1998 Salad toured extensively in the UK and mainland Europe.
Following second album ‘Ice Cream’, Salad split in October 1998, but 18 years later in 2016, Paul had started performing acoustically again. Marijne came to one of his gigs, loved it and suggested they could do something together… Salad Undressed was born. Transitioning from an acoustic duo to a more fully formed trio with the addition of multi-instrumentalist/producer Donald Ross Skinner (Ex Julian Cope guitarist/producer) who had produced Salad’s Ice Cream album in 1997), Salad Undressed released the album ‘Good Love Bad Love’ in 2018.
By this point interest in a reunion of Salad was bubbling up, with BBC 6Music playing Drink the Elixir on many occasions. Offered a gig at 2017’s Indie Daze festival, Salad reformed as a five piece, bringing back on board, Bassist Pete Brown, and lead guitarist Charley Stone, who had been a live member of the band from 1996 to 1998. After some ecstatically received gigs they went into the studio and recorded single The Selfishness of Love in 2018, followed by album The Salad Way in 2019, with Gordon Mills Jr and Jonathan Clayton. It was released 30th August 2019 on Three Bean Records through Republic of Music Label Services.
Initially in 2017 the crowd funding platform PledgeMusic was the vehicle that helped Salad Undressed get off the ground, but unfortunately as with many bands, they (and their fans more importantly) lost precious funds at the beginning of their second PledgeMusic campaign late 2018 which was for ‘The Salad Way’. Luckily Republic of Music Label Services came to the rescue and signed them in early 2019 to fund the making of, produce, distribute and market ‘The Salad Way’.
Taking a 20 year break has done a lot for the band’s confidence…it’s a hell of a relief not to take oneself so seriously anymore (please note, all salad puns welcomed) and Salad fans have stuck with them and continued to listen to their music throughout their 20 year hiatus. Recently the 25 year anniversary of their debut ‘Drink Me’ was celebrated with a well attended live listening party on the Salad Facebook page.