Up and coming Manchester punk band Aerial Salad should be touring the UK right now, promoting their new album Dirt Mall.
Instead, like much of society, they’re stuck at home on lockdown while the country – and much of the world – tries to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
They’re biding their time, waiting, hoping that they can fire up their engines again soon and get back to doing what they love – playing live.
Like anyone, Aerial Salad can also be idle. Their new single is called Lazy and although it was written and recorded way before Covid-19 came into our lives, and the video (which contains scenes of recreational drug use) was recorded shortly before, it perfectly sums up where we are right now. Stuck indoors. Lazy.
“Lazy is a song that came written out of thin air,” explains guitarist and singer Jamie Munro.
“I’d taken an edible and after it had settled I picked up my guitar after listening to the Seahorses’ Love Is The Law, and wrote that whole song in five minutes.
“It’s about the fucking joy of having a Saturday in with no plans, sometimes you can’t be arsed with ‘the sesh’ and you just wanna stay at home and embrace your inner lazy. In these times of quarantine that’s every day now.
“The video is simply me and Mike (Wimbleton, bass) and our mate Vez doing what we normally do when we have a Lazy day together.”
Dirt Mall was created with recording legend Paul Tipler (“because he’d recorded Mush by Leatherface, which we love,”), and sees Aerial Salad deliver nine slices of anthemic, driving punk rock. It’s the sound of the once rag-tag teenagers finding their sound, feet and minds, frustrated by day jobs and the world swirling around them.
“It captures everything I’ve seen working as a temp in offices and generally being in my 20s trying to work myself and the world out – with some pop songs thrown in for fun,” admits Jamie.
Aerial Salad are Jamie Munro (guitar/vocals), Mike Wimbleton (bass/vocals) and Matty Mills (drums). Hopefully we’ll see them back on the road when all this is over.