Death By Salt
A SLUG Magazine Compilation
Eighteen Percent Gray Records
5 ears (out of 5)
The pleasure of owning a copy of SLUG’s Death
By Salt compilation lies largely in its accompanying
artwork. The dense CD booklet, covered in the masterful
designs of Trent Call and Russell Daniels, features
detailed descriptions and color photos of participating
Of course, such an admission threatens to debase
the talent displayed on this three-disc set. A whopping
59 local bands contributed to the independent magazine’s
attempt at capturing the sound of a frequently shifting
scene. The eclectic sampler was created over the
course of a year, and many of the appearing acts
have since disbanded or undergone radical transformations.
Defunct groups such as Dead in the Womb, Chinese
Stars and Erosion can only be accessed through this
collection—a fact that nearly offsets the pleasure
of discovering new music. However, pleasure still
Each track is of the highest quality—the result
of a painstaking selection process. The perfomers
clearly put some effort into their contributions,
submitting songs that accurately reflect the essence
of each band.
Tolchock Trio and The Red Bennies break out their
rough, garage-rock ethic while SLAJO filters through
with a smoky jazz-club air, circa 1920. Redd Tape
impresses by experimenting with its sound as The
New Evils (whose members helped establish SLC’s
punk scene) track proves the band has what it takes
to maintain position in a largely youthful market.
Other standouts include Stiletto, Form of Rocket,
Coyote Hoods, Sherlock, Purr Bats and Stacey Board.
Sure, certain groups have changed line-ups—Fifi
Murmur has lost drummer, Dan Thomas, and gained J.W.
Blackout’s Jamison Wilkons. Form of Rocket’s
Curtis Jensen has been replaced by Eric Bliss, Sean
McCarthy has left Redd Tape only to have Sean Jones
fill his shoes…but these transformations only
prove how crucial it is to keep a finger on the pulse
of a burgeoning scene.
Death By Salt has immortalized local talent—now
it’s up to you to support homegrown heroes
in their natural environment. Check local club listings