Aerial Salad Release New Album “R.O.I.”

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There’s a lot of talk in music and art of authenticity, truthfulness…the ‘real deal’. Many claim to have it, few actually do. Mancunians Aerial Salad have it in droves. This is the band that formed in 2016 with the sole intention of playing the legendary Fest in Gainesville, FL which they did as teenagers. It didn’t matter that they could barely play, and it was an unmitigated disaster, they still had the front to do it. This is the band that embraced and cut their teeth in the DIY punk world, championed by scene kings Wonk Unit. They were poised on the brink of greatness with their sophomore album, Dirt Mall, in February of 2020 and, well, you know what happened next, every band has the same story, so we’ll park that there…

Instead, Aerial Salad got their collective heads down and pushed and developed their sound away from the three-chord blare of their formative years. This was always a band you were just as likely to see sporting a Stone Roses shirt as you would Snuff. Or a Cypress Hill top as you would see a Pizza TrampAerial Salad describe their sound as “Madchester Punk”, a nod to their heroes in Happy MondaysXTC and Carter USM, spiced with the current furore spearheaded by burgeoning “Brit-wave” bands like Yard ActShame and High Vis. Their new album, R.O.I., their first for Venn Records, leans on these influences, driven forward by pure rock’n’roll swagger while conjuring a late stage, capitalist hellscape through brutalist lyrical narratives.

Recorded lovingly in Manchester’s Vibe Recording Studio with Dean Glover, R.O.I. is an album that moves seamlessly from pulsing post-punk beats to unstoppable stadium rock anthems. Aerial Salad find space to explore new genres without losing the sense that this is a band born out of the hard touring and the DIY punk scene, a community that continues to be close to their heart. The northern three piece want us to know they’re as authentic as it gets. Injecting that raw chaos and violent charm from the stage straight into their recordings. Their goal is to make themselves known to everyone and anyone, from rave heads to indie kids, poets to rockers. R.O.I. is fantastical while acutely bedded in the post-Brexit, Un-united Kingdom canon. We’re all trying to find our places in this new world, with R.O.I. it seems Aerial Salad have found theirs.