The very definition of ‘I like your old stuff better than your new stuff’, Salmonella Dub started out creating bass and horn-heavy dub ready to get down too, but slowly (well, more like immediately after former sound-man Tiki Tanae joined the band) they morphed into a pop-focused dub-lite outfit, totally devoid of the grooves of their earlier recordings.
Pretty much everything change around for the band with the release of ‘For the love of it’, an EP culled from 1999s major-label debut Killervision. Taane became the focal point of the group, and the recordings veered in a distinctly pop material, despite remixes from heavy-weights Mad Professor and New Zealand outfits like the Nomand and Pitchblack. Virgin continues to pimp the band, even resorting to releasing second string material from Killervision – ‘Johnny’ was released some 4 years after appearing on the album!
I get the feeling the line-up of Dave Deakins, Andrew Penman, Mark Taylor, Conan Wilcox and Even Tiki Taane; some of whom came from punk and metal backgrounds – have tired of the pop direction the band has taken. We can only wait and see. As of now the band has indulged in vinyl dubs and remix releases, often aimed at a european market – but have been quiet through-out 2004.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Salmonella Dub [1994 Curious Recordings 8489922]
- Dubtomfoolery [1995 Curious Recordings 8489932]
- Thc Winter Ep [1996 Curious Recordings 8489942]
- Calming Of The Drunken Monkey [1997 Curious Recordings 8453822]
- Killer Vision [1999 Virgin Nz 8476082]
- For The Love Of It Ep [1999 Virgin Nz 8958082]
- Colonial Dub Ep [2000 Virgin Nz 8894032]
- Inside The Dub Plates [2001 Virgin Nz]