Over the course of the last 15 years, it has been said that Toronto party rock reggae band The Salads have become “The Kevin Bacon of Canadian Music. These guys, The Salads, are within a 6 degree of separation to everyone!”
The Salads’ live shows inspire jumping sweaty bodies and crowds of smiling faces. The inspired musicianship and rock prowess of Dave Ziemba (guitar), and Chuck Dailey (bass) is boundless. It should be – they’ve been playing together in the same band since grade 7! When singer Darren “Mista D” Dumas joined the brotherhood in the year 2000, they had the personality and voice that would help turn this band into the success that it is today.
The Salads first real commercial success came in 2003 with the self-produced album FOLD A TO B. With this came touring; headlining clubs and colleges, and playing on bills like: WARPED, EDGEFEST, LABATT BLUE MOTEL, CITY-TV’S NEW YEARS EVE BASH, THE ICE HOTEL. The album also led to a CASBY award win, an MMVA nomination, a Canadian Radio Music Award, and of course snatching up “favorite rock band” at The Indies… to name a few. They also toured Australia in 2006 supporting The Presidents of The United States of America.
Songs like “Get Loose”, “The Roth Kung Fu” and “Today Is Your Lucky Day” (respectively from 2003′s FOLD A TO B and 2005′s BAND GONE WILD DVD) have been heard around the world in Major Movies*, popular TV shows**, and tons of radio and television commercials***. “Y’know the scene in the movie Eurotrip where the brother accidentally makes out with the sister after chugging Absinthe?” asks Dave Ziemba, “That’s my band. The Salads!”
In January 2007 a new album was completed called THE BIG PICTURE released on KINDLING/MAUIWOWIE/WARNER MUSIC CANADA with licenses in AUSTRALIA and JAPAN. Its tone was more personal and yet universal as it touched more meaningful topics than the band had never explored on a record before. After 2 years of touring the BIG PICTURE on multiple Warped Tours, Campus shows, and Music Festivals around the world, the guys stepped back from their business side of the band. Mutually, they decided to sever ties from their label and management and get back to their roots as friends who simply make great, fun, punk rock music together.
So, for the Christmas Season of 2011, the band has produced a Compilation of classic Christmas songs with their musical friends with all of the proceeds going to local charities. The title: CHRISTMAS with THE SALADS & FRIENDS is being released digitally with the help of ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC (E1) all across Canada. This all Canuck collection includes Christmas classics and original music by their good friends in the bands iLL Scarlet, Sumo Cyco, Dodger, King KONG GIRIO, Four Square, Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide, Staylefish, Beards of Prey, THE JOHNSTONES, ASHES, Killing Time, Lo-Fi, & Killing Time Band. Chuck explains that, “Putting this record together with The Salads has been amazing. The band talked about the idea and we put it out to there to a bunch of our friends. It came together very quickly, and I can’t believe how great everyone has become as bands over the years!! I love it and I love all of them so much!”
The Salads have also just finished producing and recording the record they have always really wanted to make, set for release in the spring of 2012. “We’re just doing what feels right. The way we started out, and it’s been a blast…” “The plan was simple: Have fun while making music. Lets make the world shake their collective ass and smile from ear to ear!” Darren, aka Mista D, is bragging: “This is the greatest collection of fun rock songs we’ve ever had the privilege of producing together! We have also surrounded ourselves with some really good people to help bring it all together.” This record includes guest appearances from friends including the legendary DAVID WILCOX, the music icon ANGELO MOORE of FISHBONE, and the unique, wonderful voice of BRIAN BYRNE from I MOTHER EARTH. The new album is also the first time the bands newest drummer, and good friend, Darrin Pfeiffer, from the California punk rock band GOLDFINGER, appears on a Salads Record.
The Salads are on a mission. They’re focused on “having a good time, all of the time!”…”Making Music Every Day” and “feeling Fine Fine Fine!”.
*Eurotrip (DreamWorks Pictures) Hank and Mike (Maple)
**Queer As Folk, Hockey Night In Canada, Olympics, Degrassi, 24…
***Labatt Blue National TV Campaign, GM Canada National TV Campaign…
Darren “Mista D” Dumas – LEAD VOCAL
Chuck Dailey – BASS, VOCALS
Dave Ziemba – GUITAR
Darrin Pfeiffer – DRUMS
(1996) FOR YOUR DINING & DANCING PLEASURE (MAUIWOWIE RECORDS)
(1998) MEANWHILE… (MAUIWOWIE RECORDS)
(2001) WHO”S THAT? (MAUIWOWIE RECORDS)
(2003) FOLD A TO B (EMI/KINDLING/MAUIWOWIE)
(2005) BAND GONE WILD! (DVD) (EMI/MAUIWOWIE)
(2006) BIG PICTURE (KINDLING/MAUWOWIE/WARNER MUSIC CANADA)
(2007) THE SALADS! (BLAST RECORDS AUSTRALIA)
(2007) THE BIG REMIXES (MAUIWOWIE RECORDS)
(2008) THE BIG PICTURE II (JAPAN)
(2011) CHRISTMAS with THE SALADS & FRIENDS (ENTERTAINMENT ONE)