HUNGER'S THE BEST SAUCE (ALBUM)
released: 29 Oct 2007
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SaltPeter are the notorious and fabulous Salena Godden and Peter Coyte. It comes as no surprise that their combined family backgrounds of indigenous Jamaicans and Londonís East End, makes the identifiable and distinctive sound it does. It is bold and rebellious. It is Quintessentially British, notably noughties and very referential of a modern and provocative London.
Salena Godden is an established, published poet and performer whose sought after childhood memoir Springfield Road is to be published by HarperPress/Harper Collins in Spring 2008. She has won over huge audiences with nothing more than a microphone and her salacious big stage presence. As well as working with Ninja Tuneís Coldcut, Alabama 3 and Simple Kid. They team witty lyrics with the hip sounds of Peter Coyte. A composer and sound-scape producer of performance, theatre, films and award winning documentary soundtracks: Peter Coyte, whose past includes releases as Shape Navigator on William Orbitís legendary Guerilla label and remix work for the Human League, Bush and Metallica. Combining shared influences of rock, ska, breakbeat and dub there is no way SaltPeter could be anything but a very unusual, very cerebral union
Receiving praise and support from the likes of Lisa Stansfield ďOne of the most inspirational bands of our timeĒ and Coldcut ďThis is the most exciting duo this side of MarsĒ. SaltPeter are now venturing out with their first studio album Hungerís the Best Sauce on exciting new label Fred. As the title suggests, the album covers themes of hunger, hunger for sex and excitement, hunger to belong or looking for love in all the wrong places. It is the belly-rumblings of the skint, the scam and the walk of shame, the morning after the night before and the fear of the night after that.
Still buzzing off the feedback and acclaim from the albumís first single, Everybody back to Mine which was a pounding Drum & Bass salute to the 7-day bender. The party continues with the brazen Iím Not Gay ButÖ released 10th September. Itís a peep through the keyhole at the current trend for bi-curious ambiguity and its guilty pleasures. This is catchy, ska-influenced pop and the scene is set for their stunning debut long-player.
The album opens with Hungerís and is reminiscent of slaves and a chain gang with a nod to Tom Waits. Then we are drawn in with the gentle slow swooning Feathers. Beautifully heartfelt vocals ask us who needs money we got feathers? Itís a 50ís cinematic Soho daydream. Your Wife is up next, picking up the pace and depravity of things to come, a tidy little, breakbeat roller of sensual thoughts about loving your wife like you used to.
Oi, Oi Savaloy is one of the catchiest tracks on the album. Itís a dazzling description of a seaside town teenager when she was earning pocket money working in a chippy in Hastings. With boys and beers on the mind, large portions and small abortions, its all the fun of fair with that distinctive organ sound. A high point are the stories and nowhere as terrifying as the psychosis of our narrator in the story of Johnny Disney.
Pale as the Rain is the penultimate track rounding off the album acting as bookend to Feathers and taking us to the sobering morning after the party when we had Everybody Back To Mine; its a glowing acoustic ballad highlighting Salenaís profound, sultry poetry and delivery, with a ruminating and hypnotic guitar and double bass for accompaniment. We close with a rousing and uplifting P-Funk style version of Hungerís The Best Sauce
SaltPeter has produced an album to go out and come home to. Sauntering through 7-day benders; laughing at one-night stands and the overheard conversations in pub toilets; itís a wink a nudge, a slap-and-tickle commentary of London nightlife. SaltPeterís live show is breathtaking and unforgettable. They take these shared influences of rock, ska, breakbeat, dub to a most salubrious and visceral memorable performance.