Salmonella Dub – Freak Local EP Review.
03 Aug 2009 // A review by JohnS
When asked if I would review the new Salmonella Dub album I was a little uneasy as we are all asking, will they still be the same or have they moved on to bigger and better things, would the disappearance of Tiki be noticeable or have they filled the void that is expected to be left. Well my friends I can honestly say they have done a great job with this EP keeping to their roots. Unfortunately this means you get the same sound as you’re used to from the band. Hopefully the album comes with a few surprises
The opening track titled 'Freak Local' does wet your appetite with a familiar backing sound and the ever-present horns ensemble but alas the rest of the album was very similar with nothing really outstanding hitting my eardrums.
The one track that did sort of catch my interest was the forth track entitled 'Ding Megal' but this still was not up to what we know and love from this band. It seams like the Linkin Park effect has sprung again where bands keep doing the same thing they know and is exactly what we expect from them. It is another example of good NZ dub with crispy recording and great production but sadly it felt a little empty. If you liked the previous releases then you will enjoy this album.
Ps. Don’t miss the aptly named 'Clicking Tock' winner of the John’s best track name of the year gold star.
About Salmonella Dub
It is four years since Salmonella Dub released their last album proper, the multi platinum selling 'One Drop East'. One may well wonder what they have been up to? Rest assured, rest they have not.
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Since 2003 the band have played over 300 shows across ten countries taking with them an armoury of their favourite up and coming Australasian acts. In the process they have released the follow up CD/DVD’s UK Remixes & Radio Cuts, 'Mercy', the 12” vinyls of 'Ez On' and 'Nu Steppa' and their very first recordings from 1993 'Dub For Straights'.
Back at home Salmonella Dub continued at the same relentless pace producing and launching the 'Dub Conspiracy' CD compilation and Australasian tours showcasing up and coming “Live Roots/Dance acts” from NZ, Australia and the UK (Kora, Semper Fi, Budspells, Cornerstone Roots, Concord Dawn with Scribe, Digital & YT etc) as well as hosting four extremely successful Kaikoura Roots Festivals, featuring the likes of the John Butler Trio, Holly, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Whirimako Black, Resin Dogs, but to name a few.