Release Date: 26.04.2019
Manchester psych-pop combo Heavy Salad release Routine Dream. Louder Than War’s Roxy Gillespie checks it out.
Brought together in 2018, Heavy Salad members Allan Hutchison, Rob Glennie and Lee Mann come with interesting back stories. Alan Hutchison was the drummer from Manchester psychsters Lord Mongo, whilst Lee Mann played bass for the physical manifestation of Moonlandings. With a plethora of influences, including surf, alternative rock, free jazz and, of course, psychedelia, they have joined together to create some groovy vibes. As the band themselves state in their bio:
‘Heavy Salad work in the space between perceived reality and the abyss of your mind. Melt yourself!’
With that directive in mind, we come to their new single Routine Dream. This track hits you full force from the first moment and never lets up. Driving, urgent rhythms and sparse, distinctive guitars pull the track on. The vocals continue the same repetitive feel, fitting for the lyrics which describe the hamster-wheel route of modern life. The chanting of the title throughout really gives the track that anxious, neurotic feel of a life so tightly bound it’s about to unravel in a spectacular fashion. When the guitars step out of line there are plenty of good licks, especially towards the end when the band really let loose. As one of their first releases, this shows real potential. Routine Dream is innovative, showing the band’s urge to push their sound to come up with something fresh. I for one can’t wait to find out what Heavy Salad bring to the table next. Hardly routine, but definitely a bit of a dream.
Photograph by Nic Chapman.