Words: Karl Johnson | Photo: Rosie Wilson
Gag Salon have returned in typically exciting fashion, though only a few releases deep, the London outfit manage to keep it incredibly exciting with each new cut. ‘Don’t Eat Stuff Off The Pavement’ is another taste of their upcoming debut EP ‘Get A Load Of This Guy’, out June 16th on Blitzcat Records.
The new single enters twitching and writhing with all the menace of acts such as Late Of The Pier, breaking the guitar mould with bewitching synths and an arrangement that catches the listener off-guard. Keys bounce against barbed guitars bringing about a manic tempo before the track breaks down into an emotion ode to lost time and friends, the chorus feels like a lost gem from ‘Is This It’.
Vocalist Joseph Mumford notes that, “‘Don’t Eat Stuff Off The Pavement’ is generally pretty good advice – it bears no relation to the song itself though. It’s a sad song about nostalgia and living vicariously. I wrote it at the peak of Covid in 2020 when my brain was very much stuck in wistful mode, looking back on my school-years and the days of our previous band, and feeling a lot of regret for bad decisions and friendships lost. Can’t take anything too seriously though, so I had to give it a stupid title.”
‘Get A Load Of This Guy’, the debut EP by Gag Salon arrives this month.