April 10, 1999
Singles, edited by Chuck Taylor
New & Noteworthy
ANGRY SALAD The Milkshake Song (3:48)
Blackbird/Atlantic 122 (CD promo)
The band Deep Blue Something made all of us remember the maddeningly catchy "Breakfast At Tiffany's" a few years back, and Angry Salad is primed for the same cross-format victory here. Its method? Covering all the bases. This track's instrumentation successfully incorporates elements of all the most sought-after genres, employing dancey drums, scratchy modern rock vocals, and a pure pop guitar melody. The lyric illustrates a mature man's nostalgia for teenage love, but it takes a tone so voice-crackingly credible that kids and parents alike will relate, and neither will resent it. And as if that weren't enough, Angry Salad snags the listener with a barbed chorus hook and pulls. This is one of those that won't let go, so you might as well take it on before the competition sniffs this out as the runaway hit it is. You'll have no regrets.
The Boston Globe
"The Milkshake Song," the first single from Boston pop band Angry Salad's major label debut, bounces along like the first giddy days of summer--provided you're a freshman with nothing more pressing on your mind than finding a sweet romance with the shelf life of a semester. Its all about happy hooks and buoyant rhythms. And while a mildly muscular, radio-ready winsomeness is clearly the gold standard here, (think hit-makers Matchbox 20, Semisonic, Fastball, etc.), the band stretches out on rockers like "Scared Of Highways" and "How Does It Feel To Kill," which rehashes the Kent State student massacre, and explores a darker mood on "Rico." Lead singer Bob Whelan has sculpted his urgent rock guy vocals to perfection, and every one of these 10 tracks could easily surface on the mainstream airwaves. In fact, every song sounds like it's already been on the radio. Which says much about just how savvy and well-crafted, and just how familiar, this album is.
The Boston Herald
""The disc...solidly relates the band's sturdy, melodious pop songs. With catchy, radio-ready hooks and smart lyrics, Angry Salad appears to have a chance of breaking the Boston curse, which in the past few years has seen bands signed to majors flame out with increasing rapidity.
Portland Press Herald
"It's been one of our five most requested songs ever since we started playing it" three weeks ago, said Herb Ivy, vice president and program director at WCYY (94.3 FM), Portland's modern rock station. "It's a fun, poppy tune. It's just a great song."
Angry Salad is riding a wave that is bringing catchy pop tunes back to rock radio. With the dark, heavy songs of grunge now passe, bands such as Barenaked Ladies and Offspring are making upbeat sounds popular again. "The Milkshake Song" fits right in.
Angry Salad has become well-known throughout the Northeast as a high-energy pop act with hooks that grab listeners and reel them in rapidly. Singer Bob Whalen leads the group's diverse sound, which captures Sponge's driving rock, Pavement's whimsical eclecticism and The Cure's pure, endearing melodic sense. The heavy pop of "Milkshake Song" will make even the most sedentary bottom wiggle, but brawny, beatbox drum loops and mature, clever vocals keep the song from getting lost in the teeny-bopper quagmire.
With a shuffling beat and the chorus, "She gave me a milkshake and a kiss/ I don't need a whole lot more than this," these guys remind you that sometimes it's the simple things in life that count the most.
If hook-laden Pop/ Rock, (Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20), works for your station, look no further than Angry Salad. "The Milkshake Song," from the band's forthcoming, self-titled album, is a sure-shot for spring/ summertime airplay; this is one of those songs that latches on to your brain and drives you nuts for about six hours. An easy contender for across-the-board success.
Sniff...sniff...do you smell that? We think that's the smell of a crossover hit! "The Milkshake Song" is an instant first-listen add for stations on the pop/ alternative slant. It rocks in the vein of Dishwalla, Toad The Wet Sprocket and Collective Soul. Angry Salad has been touring 200+ nights per year in their custom-built vehicle.
The Boston Phoenix:
The MIT Tech:
The Boston Phoenix:
"In just seven tracks this pop trio demonstrates more genuine songcraft than many more prolific bands."
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