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The Salads – by Darrell Shelley

Band: The Salads
From: Newmarket, Ontario Canada
Performed: Saturday July 29, 2012 at the Hard Rock Cafe – Toronto ON
The set started with The Salads paying tribute to just about every pop/rock song from the past two decades.   A ten minute montage of classics from ” New Orleans is Sinking” – The Tragically Hip to “Alive” – Peal Jam with some modern Sheepdogs, White Stripes and The Foo Fighters thrown into the mix, let the crowd know that The Salads had been there got the tee-shirt and were now wearing it for all to see. Without hesitation ‘here’s the title track off our upcoming album, Music Every Day” said lead singer Darren Dumas, and we knew that the Salads were ready to rock!




Pre-show hype:   After fifteen years of rocking our socks off, numerous awards, international tours including twice on The Vans Warped tour,  The Salads are currently working on their fifth studio album “Music Every Day” with Juno Award winning sound engineer Dan Brodbeck.

Crowd: A few walk-ins and small local loyal following in an intimate setting who seemed pumped to see their favorite band.   We should also mention two sexy girls who decided to make their own little show…more on that below!

Style: Ska fused punk rock

Technicalities: As Dave Ziemba cranked up his guitar during set up there was a little “Hendrix” style feedback and Chuck Dailey played a few Sabbath riffs on the bass, it was clear that a kick ass set was about to begin.

Memorable moment: The two girls known as “sexy girls” were grinding it out on the dance floor.   Bassist Chuck Dailey pointed out an on looker who was wearing sunglasses and started to sing “Sunglasses At Night” by Corey Heart and the whole place went up with laughter.

Sex appeal: As stated above the two “sexy girls” were grinding, kissing and touching throughout the set.   They became a part of the show, eventually being singled out by vocalist Darren Dumas several times and finally ending up on stage for a congratulatory speech by presenter Nicole Arbour after the set.  (see photos)

Mentionable song: “Time for change” which is basically a Salads B-side from the old days of “Fold A to B” with little to no airplay.   The metal-esque back up vocals over ska-ish type rhythms really represent the the Salads from the early days and should not be overlooked.

Total Rank: 9/10 – a firm rank for a solid set

By: Darrell Shelley
Photos by: Darrell Shelley



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