AERIAL SALAD: Dirt Mall: LP

May 28, 2020

This Manchester-based trio has been garnering a lot of favorable attention in the U.K. of late so I was intrigued to find out what all the fuss was about. The opening track “Dirt Mall” is a catchy, mid-tempo sub-three minute snotty tune and provided an extremely promising start. Beyond that though it all seemed to go somewhat astray, veering into the realms of Arctic Monkeys, Stereophonics, and Oasis, not bands that do it for me at all. At no point does Dirt Mall make a U-turn away from that path. There’s no doubt that there is talent within Aerial Salad but this is a band that I can’t see me keeping track of based on this album. –Rich Cocksedge (Plasterer, [email protected], wonkunit.co.uk)

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