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Salem

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Salem supply dark and edgy EMO and rock music of the highest standard.

Will Gould, Matt Reynolds, Ranny Ransom, Aaron Graham

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This year has seen an amazing and dazzling stream of new music and fiction, which we’re exited to review in our end of year highlights. It has also been a terrible year as we lost one of the most amazing humans we have ever met. As the singer and guitarist in Delays, Greg Gilbert made […]

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  2. EP Reviews

The thought of pressing play on Salem’s second extended play filled me with trepidation. The first EP was such a frequent player at Phonotonal HQ… what if the new record failed to deliver that same punch? Perhaps it would be safer to stick with the familiar rather than tarnish the memory. Yeah right. ‘William, It […]

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Salem smash out a huge nod to punk in their latest release, ‘Draculads’. It’s fuzzy stomping punk with smart switches… and it’s utterly amazing. The Buzzcocksy bang at the start is laced with the names of occultists, cicatrization, and all-round dark romance. It’s a vampire-themed song with spicy references, for sure. Musically, there’s a plot […]

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A tough year was improved beyond measure by some great writing and some awesome music. Here’s a quick dash through the parts that really got us through the panic buying, lockdowns, and meltdowns. There were some records that really stood out this year. Therapy? delivered their Abbey Road greatest hits album, which delivers a set […]

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  2. Live Reviews

For those in lockdown who are currently experiencing March 276th 2020, the painful withdrawals for live music are behind us and we are now firmly into the numb lifelessness of live-less music. However, Kerrang have saved the day with their K! Pit live sessions and this performance from Salem felt like the real thing. Their […]

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  2. EP Reviews

Buzzing into life with the morose chorus line of “save yourself; fall out of love”, it’s not long before Salem’s ultra-pink EP has won me over with its pacey anthemic sound. ‘Fall Out of Love’ is a dark All American Rejects, or a brighter My Chemical Romance – ultimately a great emo-mantra with an impressive […]