ONTD

6:36 pm - 03/25/2010

SALEM: not IAMAMI, talk to SOLDOUT, hated by SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST

Ever since the IAMAMIWHOAMIIDONTKNOWOMFGAMIXTINA stuff started, people have been thinking and talking more about SALEM--3 kids, Jack John Heather, from Chicago, who make menacing, dark, dirty, haunting music. Like cough syrup chopped and screwed that got killed in a woodshed. That's why you should care. Also, everyone who has the internet has heard this band and has no idea what to think.



SALEM don't really do interviews, but when they were in Austin, TX for the annual South By Southwest music festival, soldout got them to sit the effe down for a video interview, where they talk about not being goth, how they hate Lil Wayne (ONTD LISTEN UP! THEY AIN'T GONNA FREE WEEZY), and how Gaga makes "that popular song that's popular". That interview, plus some SALEM hate from Fader,

SALEM video interview...the ONLY video interview with them in existence...for soldoutmusic.com



Apparently everyone and their momses hated SALEM's SXSW performances, even the FADER who BOOKED THEM. Cue Fader editor Matt Schnipper:

"...But Salem’s music is slow. If juke is an influence, its mostly ambient, though they do have a strong interest in choppy electronic drum rolls. Salem’s songs are mostly too blunted to dance to, too stuttered. It’s like they listened to the Neptunes’ glossiest songs and then shredded them, stealing tiny parts and cribbing together a much darker puzzle. The bass may have bark like in hip-hop, the vocals may sometimes be rap, the hi-hats may glisten, but Salem sit in the dark distinctly outside the realm of pop music. Calling them pop is like saying a dog should pay real estate taxes because he lives in the house....I did get to see Salem play once during SXSW, at our space. They were booed off stage. That is, because, unfortunately, honestly, they were not good..."

SALEM: Skullcrush



WHATCHA THINK ONTD?


soldout interview link


THE FADER link


judgmental 25th-Mar-2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
I think is clear already that it's Joann Lee
_stadtkind_ 25th-Mar-2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
oh it's DEFINITELY not them, i just found it interesting that they even came up in the IAMAMI discussion
little_pete 25th-Mar-2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
wow, never expected to see an ontd post about this band, not cause theyre oh so hip...moreso it just wouldnt cross my mind to discuss them here. very cool though, if any of you wanna dl an ep i have it on my mp3 blog
http://sinkingsomewhere.blogspot.com/

good stuff, good band
_stadtkind_ 25th-Mar-2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
they're a *great* band. :)
eightball 26th-Mar-2010 12:40 am (UTC)
tysm! im just hearing about them now
officer_down 26th-Mar-2010 01:19 am (UTC)
thank you, dearie.
____mono_vision 26th-Mar-2010 03:16 am (UTC)
same here, weird
dirrtymyke 25th-Mar-2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
why does this article make me feel like its trying too hard?
squid_ink 26th-Mar-2010 12:27 am (UTC)
because they are trying too hard ms lopez
roxi9 25th-Mar-2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Have never heard about them. Why people said they're iamwhatever?
olivetronic8 25th-Mar-2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
the lady interviewer is pr-etty annoying
and Salem does suck live, mainly because they don't care about the sound quality
oblivious_frog 25th-Mar-2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
This picture reminds me of the smoke monster in Lost, lmao.
pangea_deux 25th-Mar-2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
lol @ whoever wrote this
microminiscrew 25th-Mar-2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
everyone who has the internet has heard this band and has no idea what to think.


*raises eyebrow*
abbie 25th-Mar-2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
one person =/= people.
gggghost 25th-Mar-2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
omg
teenagewhore 25th-Mar-2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
omg i can't believe my favorite band is on MY ONTD.

im in shock rn. i hope people are nice to them :///
readvacancy 26th-Mar-2010 12:09 am (UTC)
cosign COSIGN
kiss_incolors 25th-Mar-2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Ever since the IAMAMIWHOAMIIDONTKNOWOMFGAMIXTINA stuff started, people have been thinking and talking more about SALEM
Uh, no. Never heard of them.

Like cough syrup chopped and screwed that got killed in a woodshed.
That doesn't sound like appealing music to me at all.

Also, everyone who has the internet has heard this band and has no idea what to think.
Again, no.
thesuzylee 26th-Mar-2010 02:44 am (UTC)
k
sastra_fuss wat25th-Mar-2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
_stadtkind_ Re: wat25th-Mar-2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
win
babydollnana Re: wat26th-Mar-2010 12:34 am (UTC)
I LOVE YOU
eightball Re: wat26th-Mar-2010 12:40 am (UTC)
LMAO
hola_meg_a_cola Re: wat26th-Mar-2010 01:07 am (UTC)
BEAUTIFUL
readvacancy 26th-Mar-2010 12:08 am (UTC)
WHAT THE FUCK S4LEM IN MY ONTD?!?!

fucking love them, and fader can fuck off because you don't dance to salem, you get really fucked up and you vibe. seriously, dancing? stfd.
_stadtkind_ 26th-Mar-2010 12:12 am (UTC)
YES.
eightball 26th-Mar-2010 12:41 am (UTC)
i really liked some of what someone posted in the iamwhoami post. checking em out ty
hola_meg_a_cola 26th-Mar-2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Interesting band, OP. Will check more of their stuff out.
casablancas 26th-Mar-2010 01:23 am (UTC)
redlights is pretty much their only good song
austosaurus 26th-Mar-2010 02:10 am (UTC)
lol@everyone's confusion
i luv to listen to them when i feel like writing about people dying

and HOLY FUCK THE BIGGEST HORSE FLY JUST FLEW RIGHT INTO MY MOUTH
thesuzylee 26th-Mar-2010 02:39 am (UTC)
SALEM <3

"imasheet" and "water" are my favorite.
greencigarettes 26th-Mar-2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
that song isnt very good
but ive heard worse
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