Heavy Salad – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

HS: Heavy Salad are experimental, psychedelic rock artists who’s creative aim is to channel all their weird influences into super catchy, melodic pop songs!


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

HS: Hi Pete

Heavy Salad came together by accident in 2018 when founding members Lee, Rob and Allan decided to have a jam session after previously playing as session musicians for an alt country artist. We soon had a few songs and decided to have a go at recording them in the studio. The sessions went well so we continued to write, record and play live and as a result of having more and more crazy ideas we ambitiously mutated into a seven piece band that has somehow miraculously now finished recording a second LP!


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

HS: Our musical influences are varied. We love heavy rock, punk, new wave and indie as well as out there psychedelic sounds from jazz to electronic music and dub and reggae. The thing that ties all these influences together is melody, we love good hooks whether they are played on guitar, sung vocally or played on old synths. Our non musical influences are definitely movies! We love horror movies and trashy B Movies and movies that make no sense, the weirder and freakier the better! We all love art and folklore and cosmic shit so we try and channel all into the music.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

HS: Our dream is to be successful enough to travel and record without going bankrupt! The music business is incredibly tough. Our goal is to stay creatively our own thing, we exist to please ourselves, we don’t want to be tied into scenes or musical trends.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

HS: The band write songs together, the basic chassis of a song is usually devised by Rob or Lee but we also write songs based on Allan’s rhythmic ideas, it’s all about the vibe. Whoever brings the idea normally kisses goodbye to whatever was in their head as it soon mutates into the whatever the ‘Heavy Salad Sound’ is! By the time the Priestesses write their parts it could be totally different. Having an open mind is essential in Heavy Salad. The songs are about existence, life, death, cosmic experiences, society, technology, relationships, animals, spirits, nature, folklore and psychic abilities!


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

HS: We promote our band mainly by word of mouth, our friends and new fans are wonderful! We obviously use technology and social media but that can be like screaming into a void sometimes so we try and promote ourselves by writing amazing songs!


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

HS: Everyone in the band has different ideas about streaming / downloading music but the bottom line is that is how most music is released and we are totally fine with that. We are not against streaming and downloading, like everyone we’d like it to be fairer when it comes to the financial side. We are all still romantics and musical geeks though so we’ll always like physical product and art and anything that feeds into our collector mentalities.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

HS: The band probably have a few songs that we’d wish we’d written so this is hard to answer! Songs are personal things though so maybe it’s less a song that we’d wish we’d written and more a body of songs we admire, that’s why we always mention bands like Blur and The Beatles, maybe they are obvious but we love their eclectic approach to writing. It seems so natural that someone like The Beatles have Yellow Submarine, Tomorrow Never Knows and Good Day Sunshine on the same LP. That’s what we aspire to.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

HS: Our ‘pet peeve’ is WhatsApp.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

HS: Our proudest moment was releasing our debut LP. I’m sure we will feel the same when the second one is released next spring. Applying to SXSW 2022 then being invited to be an official artist and funding ourselves to get out there through playing fundraiser gigs and a Kickstarter was a special thing for us too.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

HS: At the moment we are working on the next couple of singles and the next album release so it’s artwork, tweaking final mixes etc. We are always writing new music too.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

HS: We have loads of music available online in all the usual digital spots and if you’re really lucky Dipped in Gold Records might also have some physical product left but BE QUICK! Once it’s gone, it’s gone!

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