The Yorkshire-based band whose album ‘Attrition’ was released by Dissonance Productions earlier this year found themselves at a crossroads as 2017 drew to a close. But vocalist Simon Saxby and bassist Adrian Jenkinson were soon to discover that necessity is indeed the mother of invention…
“After a sad and difficult end to 2017, myself and Adrian took some time to decide how, or indeed if, we would continue to progress with Salem UK,” recalls Saxby. “It was after one of our many talks we thought of asking guitar maestro Francis Gill if he would be interested in joining us on a new venture. Fortunately he said yes, and within a few days two new songs were written and recorded, and our ball was well and truly rolling. All we needed now was a powerhouse drummer: enter Dave Megginson, a well-respected Hull-based musician, and the line-up was complete. Five more new songs and a gig in Hatfield later, we are now looking forward to gigs in Europe and to completing a new album. Not bad going, I think, and there’s a real sense of fun and friendship that I know will endure. Long live rock ‘n’ roll, as they say, and UP THE TIGERS!” he shouts.
“As Simon says, the beginning of the year saw some Dark Days indeed,” adds Jenkinson. “I certainly considered swapping my guitar for pipe, slippers and a cup of Horlicks, but once Francis joined, we gathered momentum very quickly. It was soon apparent that Francis’s songwriting skills were going to be a major asset to the band, and Dave took no time at all in slotting in as anchorman; it feels like he has always been there! The big bonus is that we get on so well together. We’ve got a short tour of Europe in October which is shaping up well, and we’re still negotiating to add more dates. And there are some very big opportunities for next year currently under discussion. The Dark Days are well and truly behind us now.”
Salem’s new line-up is featured on a live video clip for ‘Break The Chains’ shot at O’Rileys, in Hull, on 1 August 2018:
In related but completely trivial news, Saxby recently had the opportunity to show off his culinary skills. “I did a little piece to camera for a show called ‘Brutally Delicious’ hosted by Bruce Moore,” reveals the vocalist and Hull City fan, “which will be aired on 17 September. He contacted me in the summer asking if I could cook a simple dish, video it, add a bit of stuff about the band… So I did a little story board and settled on making a marmalade sandwich and talking drivel. It’s an American based show, although not in a major way, but I thoroughly enjoyed the process and it was a bit of a change to the usual routine.”
You can buy Salem’s latest album ‘Attrition’ on CD and vinyl now and stream it on all platforms.