31 May 2017

Salmonella Dub announce reunion tour

From RNZ Music, 8:10 am on 31 May 2017
Salmonella Dub

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Twenty-five years after their formation in Christchurch in 1992, one of Aotearoa's most beloved bands is reforming, Tiki Taane included.

Salmonella Dub are performing three shows across December, January and February 2017/18.

Founding member Andrew Penman says, “We are preparing an iconic, audio-visual, bass heavy, back catalogue mash up with a super-abundantly full treasure chest of guests”.

Tiki Taane says of his return, “To be able to help my old bandmates celebrate 25 years of Salmonella Dub is a glorious prospect and probably a once in a lifetime occurrence – no one will want to miss this.”

December 31, 2017 | Northern Bass | Mangawhai (R18)
January 13, 
2018 | Christchurch | Hagley Park
February 3rd, 2018 | Taupo | Owen Delany Park

Here are 10 of their finest to remind you of how incredible this band is.

1. 'Love Your Ways'

The song that became an anthem for festival loving kiwis. The band's most commercially successful song, its theme of reunification makes it a timeless love song.

2. 'Tha Bromley East Roller'

"Rockers come down, this is our sound, something something something natty dread!!"

YES! Salmonella Dub coming in full drum n bass with this relentless, banging track. Tiki rides the fine line between singer and MC as he razzes the crowd into a sweaty hot mess.

3. 'Push On Thru'

Salmonella Dub are known for great basslines, but this one is a standout. This song's bassline could steer itself on the motorway, it could recharge batteries. You couldn’t turn around in 2001 without bumping into it.

4. 'For The Love Of It'

A love song to music. Pure and simple.

5. 'Dragon'

The opening to 1999’s Killervision signalled a band expanding. Vocals melding and merging into a maelstrom, which eventually breaks down into a truly killer beat. Listen to the percussion in this song - the cymbal sound is something else.

By the time the sax comes in, moving us through to the bridge, we’re all awash with psychedelic dub and eerie lyrics about nerves being outside of skin.

6. 'Tom Foolery'

Found on their 1995 EP Dub Tom Foolery, this part-Yellow, part-Specials, part-Talking Heads two and half minute skank rock blitz was a mainstay of the group's early live sets.

7. 'Conspiracy Dub'

A slow-burning bedroom rocker, which opens their 1997 album Calming of the Drunken Monkey. Think Kruder & Dorfmeister cruising mid-90s Colombo St in the Garden City.

8. 'Nu Steppa'

2003’s One Drop East was littered with laid back sing-alongs like 'Longtime', 'Dancehall Girl' and 'Ez On' but 'Nu Steppa' with its slow drum n bass beat and huge dancefloor drop halfway through, is a thrash-dance classic. It's exhausting (in a good way).

9. 'Problems'

The opening track to Inside The Dub Plates sets the tone for their 2001 classic. Deep, driving bass gives way to smooth acoustic strums and distant delayed vocals.  Amazingly, the rest of the album lives up to this.

10. 'Loletta'

Calming Of The Drunken Monkey was, on the whole, a pretty instrumental affair, ‘Loletta’ stood out in live sets as the closest thing the band had to a pop song... except it didn’t have a chorus. But it does have a great sax hook.