Are you ready and willing to add a new genre of music to your musical repertoire? Well, Dr Salad have described their sound as a unique style of rock so mysterious with a hint of heated and sultry favour, that they have needed to create their own genre and this new generation of sound is called Heavy Romance.
If you have listened to Dr Salad’s debut EP you will have a fair idea of what to expect, but for a reviewer to describe this new genre is a challenge. In this EP, Table for 2 Dinner for 3, the tracks are like obsessive love sonatas which tangent and explode around a number of different styles of music and seem to follow whichever genre takes your fancy at the time. The lyrics show an honesty and excitement around the feelings of love and the freedom of switching from a rock induced soul to indie makes it liberating to listen to and I imagine even more so when playing.
The opening track, ‘Krang’ is a joyous cheeky song with a Hawaiian twist thrown in over the rock tones which makes you feel you on the beach having a very catchy and fresh track washing over you like a wave. After listening to this track I wanted to find the nearest ancestor to this so-called new genre Heavy Romance and I could help but find the nearest blood line was from the Californian 1980’s funk rock star Ugly Kid Joe.
‘Spendin’ all his money (on weed)’ follows the same type of youthful flair and freeness to openly shock around a vibe of a funky rock building bouncing up and down in the middle of the street, but you do feel that the focus is completely on the chorus and your left feeling this is a good record but there’s still more that could have been dragged out of it to take it to that next level.
At the halfway point of Dr Salad’s debut EP and you get the song ‘Dnt stop Hurtin’’, this time around a slower piano tempo section leads up to a classy big band in a smoky gentlemen’s club lounge persona, you can feel happy to sit back and sip away at that cocktail and witness a more mature heavy romance sound than the youthful burst of passion which has come before.
Ending the EP we have a soulful rock track which has a mixture of the youthful flair of ‘Krang’ and the more mature and assured ‘Dnt stop Hurtin’’. Perhaps the mixture of the two poles sub-styles alludes to the length and depth of this new Heavy Romance genre. Although we here at Off the Hook Music certainly doubt it. There is definitely more to come from Dr Salad and ‘Table for 2 dinner for 3’ is a very good introduction to the listeners and will have been a good learning curve for the band. We look forward to what they produce next and whom they can tempt into the Heavy Romance genre borne from this EP.
Written by Kess Anthony