Gag Salon

Musicians — London

01Profile

A Gag Salon Photo

03Interview

Name, where are you from?
Gag Salon, originally from Reading and surrounding areas, now based in south London.

Describe your style in three words?
Incel Patrick Bateman.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Probably This Is Not This Heat at The Albany in Deptford, it was their last performance and therefore very moving. 'Horizontal Hold' is the track that never fails to blow my mind.

If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
Got to be Paul McCartney and Kate Bush I reckon, we’d be devastatingly upstaged but at least we’d stand out and get to watch a great show.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Does 4chan-adjacent edgelord count as a subculture? Somewhat regrettably I spent most of my teens and still do spend probably 80% of my time on the internet and I think that has influenced my cultural tastes immeasurably.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Spending an hour with a complete stranger, no matter who they are, is my idea of hell, so I’d opt for an hour of sitting in on a podcast recording with the late greats Gilbert Gottfried and Norm Macdonald.

Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
That is very very tough. If I’m bigging up the hometown I should give a shout-out to Purple Turtle in Reading, which is where we came up playing our first proper gigs in our old bands. In London, it used to be The Montague Arms until it was completely and utterly destroyed by whichever sick bastards bought it in 2018. There’s also this venue in Brixton called The Windmill - not many people actually know about it, to be honest, I think it’ll blow up in the next few years, you should check it out.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Anette Peacock - tragically underrated, as far as I’m aware she was one of the first musicians to manipulate their voice through a synthesizer, and if she wasn’t one of the first, I’ve certainly not heard anyone else do it better since - and this was in the '60s! A true pioneer. It boggles the mind that she’s not a household name. Also gotta give a shout-out to Mariko Goto from Midori, absolute legend.


Gag Salon will celebrate the release of their debut EP 'Get A Load Of This Guy' with a show at The Lexington, London on Thur 16th June.

To pre-order/pre-save the EP or to buy tickets to the launch show, visit linktr.ee/gagsalonband.

04Playlist Notes

The first track you played on repeat?
'New Born' by Muse.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Toxic' by Britney Spears.

One record you would keep forever?
'On The Beach' by Neil Young.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“Our world become one / of salads and sun / only a fool would say that”

From 'Only A Fool Would Say That' by Steely Dan.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Green Arrow' by Yo La Tengo.

A song you wished you had written?
'With My Face On The Floor' by Emitt Rhodes.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Voice of Chunk' by The Lounge Lizards.

A song people wouldn't expect you to like?
'To Be Loved' by Adele.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Incarnated Solvent Abuse' by Carcass.

Any new music you are listening to right now?
Loads!
'My God' by Tapir.
'Sad Buffoon' by The Moral High Ground.
'God's Garden' by Rosie Alena.
'Invisible Hand' by Prima Queen.
'Ivory' by Sharron Kraus and Justin Hopper.
'Whispering Townsfolk' by Master Oogway.
'A Celebration' by Blue Bendy.
'Toll' by Naima Bock.
'Flickering i' by Astrel K.
'Ooh Ah' by Nukuluk.
'Knee Jerk' by Tummyache.

 

03Interview

Name, where are you from?
Gag Salon, originally from Reading and surrounding areas, now based in south London.

Describe your style in three words?
Incel Patrick Bateman.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Probably This Is Not This Heat at The Albany in Deptford, it was their last performance and therefore very moving. 'Horizontal Hold' is the track that never fails to blow my mind.

If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
Got to be Paul McCartney and Kate Bush I reckon, we’d be devastatingly upstaged but at least we’d stand out and get to watch a great show.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Does 4chan-adjacent edgelord count as a subculture? Somewhat regrettably I spent most of my teens and still do spend probably 80% of my time on the internet and I think that has influenced my cultural tastes immeasurably.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Spending an hour with a complete stranger, no matter who they are, is my idea of hell, so I’d opt for an hour of sitting in on a podcast recording with the late greats Gilbert Gottfried and Norm Macdonald.

Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
That is very very tough. If I’m bigging up the hometown I should give a shout-out to Purple Turtle in Reading, which is where we came up playing our first proper gigs in our old bands. In London, it used to be The Montague Arms until it was completely and utterly destroyed by whichever sick bastards bought it in 2018. There’s also this venue in Brixton called The Windmill - not many people actually know about it, to be honest, I think it’ll blow up in the next few years, you should check it out.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Anette Peacock - tragically underrated, as far as I’m aware she was one of the first musicians to manipulate their voice through a synthesizer, and if she wasn’t one of the first, I’ve certainly not heard anyone else do it better since - and this was in the '60s! A true pioneer. It boggles the mind that she’s not a household name. Also gotta give a shout-out to Mariko Goto from Midori, absolute legend.


Gag Salon will celebrate the release of their debut EP 'Get A Load Of This Guy' with a show at The Lexington, London on Thur 16th June.

To pre-order/pre-save the EP or to buy tickets to the launch show, visit linktr.ee/gagsalonband.

04Playlist Notes

The first track you played on repeat?
'New Born' by Muse.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Toxic' by Britney Spears.

One record you would keep forever?
'On The Beach' by Neil Young.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“Our world become one / of salads and sun / only a fool would say that”

From 'Only A Fool Would Say That' by Steely Dan.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Green Arrow' by Yo La Tengo.

A song you wished you had written?
'With My Face On The Floor' by Emitt Rhodes.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Voice of Chunk' by The Lounge Lizards.

A song people wouldn't expect you to like?
'To Be Loved' by Adele.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Incarnated Solvent Abuse' by Carcass.

Any new music you are listening to right now?
Loads!
'My God' by Tapir.
'Sad Buffoon' by The Moral High Ground.
'God's Garden' by Rosie Alena.
'Invisible Hand' by Prima Queen.
'Ivory' by Sharron Kraus and Justin Hopper.
'Whispering Townsfolk' by Master Oogway.
'A Celebration' by Blue Bendy.
'Toll' by Naima Bock.
'Flickering i' by Astrel K.
'Ooh Ah' by Nukuluk.
'Knee Jerk' by Tummyache.

 

 

05Videos

Gag Salon | My Gun (2022)

Gag Salon | Horses (Official Live Session) (2022)