Friday, May 24th, 2019

LOS cover

Lifetime Of Secretion by The Dance Asthmatics is now available for streaming on all the usual platforms. Here are some links: Spotify, Apple Music\iTunes, Google, TIDAL, Deezer, Amazon.

This EP was recorded in 2014/2015 and was originally released thru Melted Ice Cream and later on vinyl thru NYC’s ever/never. You can buy a copy on 12″ vinyl here or on cassette here. Do it. It’s very good.


Wednesday, April 17th, 2019


Flying Nun legends T54 are back. Check out their song ‘Black On Black’ below.

A new record and some gigs are to happen in 2019, we shall let you know when soon. In the mean time give this old stuff a whirl.

Happy listening!

Thursday, April 4th, 2019


Fully Charged by Seth Africa, recorded/released in 2014, is now available for streaming on all the usual platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play/Youtube, Tidal and a whole ton of others).

Around the time of the original release Radio New Zealand did a 9 minute feature on the EP which is based around a conversation between Gemma Syme and Joe Sampson discussing the writing and recording process, you can listen to that here.

If you don’t get into the whole streaming thing you can give it a whirl on good old Bandcamp just below.


Happy listening!

The Deep South 2018

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

We’re embarking a short tour of the South! Details are on this poster:


Tickets for the Dunedin show are available on Under The Radar here.

Here’s a recent live vid of us performing “Ahwell” at Darkroom Bar.

New single, new LP.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Kia ora,

Good news, Salad Boys have a new single and a new album coming, choice! Listen below:

The new LP is titled This Is Glue and will be coming out through Trouble In Mind records on Jan 19. The press have this to say about This Is Glue:

Christchurch, New Zealand’s Salad Boys are back with “This Is Glue”, the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2015 debut album “Metalmania”. Recorded once again by bandleader/guitarist Joe Sampson at his home studio, “This Is Glue”s twelve songs dig deeper, with sharper hooks embedded deep within a more mature musicality.

This Is Glue” hones Sampson’s songwriting chops to a razor edge, with many of the album’s songs sounding utterly timeless. The riffs and melodies seem all too familiar, perhaps recalling greats that came before them (The Chills, R.E.M., The Bats), but Sampson has a voice all his own and “This Is Glue”s tunes tread upon a singular path of measured melancholy. The themes are darker, the lyrics more claustrophobic and yearning with Sampson confronting anxiety, mortality, and fear through the his abstract lyrical lens; a cracked world view, to be sure. Songs like “Exaltation”, “Dogged Out” and “Divided” convey a world-weariness of a man twice his age. That’s not to say that “This Is Glue” is all doom and gloom; album opener “Blown Up” kickstarts with motorik drumming that crescendos into a thrilling guitar riff that could crack mountains. “Psych Slasher” crashes forward frenetically awash in phaser before easing into a melodic denouement buoyed by a bubbling synthesizer before a tidal wave of guitar crashes down again. Existential angst has never felt so exhilarating.

Makes it sound pretty good we think! Here’s the song list:

Salad Boys – This Is Glue

1. Blown Up
2. Hatred
3. Psych Slasher
4. Right Time
5. Choking Sick
6. Exaltation
7. In Heaven
8. Under The Bed
9. Dogged Out
10. Scenic Route To Nowhere
11. Going Down Slow
12. Divided

As you’d expect the record will be available in all digital and physical formats but the one to get most excited about is the limited edition pink coloured 12″ vinyl – you can actually pre-order a copy here!

More info on our album release and subsequent album release tour will be posted soon so do stay aware.

Cheers! SB 🙂




Monday, August 7th, 2017

Kia ora folks, good news:


Here are the dates, and here is a link to the Facebook tour page. Invite your friends if you have any!

Tue Aug 22 – The Labour In Vain, Melbourne
Wed Aug 23 – The Old Bar, Melbourne
Thu Aug 24 – The Front Gallery, Canberra
Fri Aug 25 – Frank’s Wild Years, Thirroul
Sat Aug 26 – The Union, Sydney
Tue Aug 29 – The Tramway, Melbourne
Wed Aug 30 – The Tote, Melbourne
Thu Aug 31 – The Eastern, Ballarat

Fri Sept 1 – The Brisbane, Hobart
Sat Sept 2 – House show, Hobart
Sun Sept 3 – House show, Melbourne
Mon Sept 4 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

This’ll be the second time Salad Boys have toured Australia and we’re f***en excited about it. We hope to catch some of you there!

Cheers! SB.


Thursday, February 16th, 2017


Hey folks, our wee tour of NZ begins next weekend and here are the details:

Friday February 24th – Lyttelton Coffee Co, Lyttelton
w/ Best Bets and Brian Tamaki and the Kool-aid Kids
Friday March 3rd – Refuel, Otago University, Dunedin
w/ Dictaphone Blues
Saturday March 4th – Ferrymead Heritage Park, Christchurch
-Nostalgia Festival
Sunday March 5th – x Street Performers Stage, Wellington
-Newtown Festival
Friday March 10th – Radio Control *Live-To-Air*, Palmerston North
Friday March 10th – Snails, Palmerston North
w/ Fruit Juice Parade, Bearskin and Carson Taare
Saturday March 11th – Lucky Base, Whanganui
w/ Pussywhippers

This is our first proper tour of anywhere in 18 months so we’re quite excited to be getting  out and playing some shows. For this tour we’ll be releasing a super super limited edition cassette which will be available at shows only, details and pics to come!




Friday, January 13th, 2017

Kia ora folks, happy new year from your mates Salad Boys, once again we have arrived at the beginning of a new calendar which is fast filling up with lomticks of real exciting plans and ideas… 2016 was an unorthodox year for Salad Boys, not a lot on the gig and tour front but a hell of a lot in the recording and plotting side of things. Our other projects had more than a wee bit on the go, two New Zealand tours and a vinyl release for The Dance Asthmatics, a tour and cassette release for T54 and Ben’s group Rickshaw released this dope EP. Work on the new Salad Boys album has been near constant lately and I’m very excited to say that it’s shaping up real nice, more on that soon.

One thing that we did last year that was particularly lovely was a gig at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch. The whole gig was filmed and recorded by the generous Christchurch and you can viddy one of the songs below, which coincidently is a song we’ve tracked for the new album:

You may have viddied that there is a different person behind the drums than usual, this happens to be the wonderful Olly Crawford-Ellis (from the Transistors and Best Bets fame) who was filling in for us at the time. Our new new fill in is going to be the equally superb Matt Scobie from The Hatemen and Richard James fame, together with whom we will be playing the following engagements:

Darkspace 2 – Saturday Feb 4th, Darkroom, Christchurch
Nostalgia Festival – Saturday March 4th, Ferrymead Heritage Park.
Newtown Festival – Sunday March 5th, Newtown, Wellington.

And we also have t-shirts again! For those who missed out on the first run of Salad Boys t-shirts we have some new ones, which you can viddy and buy here, and here is a like picture of Your Humble Narrator wearing one below:


What else? Well, we are planning a Salad Boys tour of New Zealand for late Feb/early March, which will include the above engagements and some other spots in the North, and a bit further down the line another tour of the US, but more on those things later… In the meantime, until I write again, please enjoy this fantastic audio reading of the wonderful A Clockwork Orange, ciao!

Hatred and Green Vinyl

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Hey folks, a couple of wee updates…

Firstly, our little EP Scarce Tracks has had its honourable second pressing, this time in a wonderful emerald green sort of a colour. For those in Australia and New Zealand wanting to get one, please go to our bandcamp. For those who live elsewhere, please go to Chunklet Industries’ bandcamp for a one.

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Another thing that’s happening is the Metalmania/Scarce Tracks cassette release will be available in July through Melted Ice Cream in NZ. Here’s a picture of some of its parts:

Scarce Tracks tapes.jpg

Finally, it should be announced that there is a new Salad Boys album being made. Details are almost non-existent but I can tell you that 19 songs have been recorded and that the tentative title is Hatred. Here’s a video of us performing one of the new songs (titled “Storage”) live at the Canterbury Museum last month:

More updates as we have them 🙂

Many thanks, Joseph.


Scarce Tracks

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Our new 7″ Scarce Tracks in now available in New Zealand through our bandcamp. The EP includes three of the songs from our 2013 demo cassette (remixed and remastered) along with a previously unreleased tune “Devotion” recorded around the same time. A very special thanks to Henry Owings of Chunklet Industries for making this happen.

Listen / purchase:

Here’s how they look:

ST edit