At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that [a]Salako[/a] are very serious young men...

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At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that [a]Salako[/a] are very serious young men. After all, their debut album ‘Reinventing Punctuation’ is an intricate thing of deliberate beauty, and here they are all lined up onstage in nice clean clothes.

However, all this goes out the window when vocalist James Waudby announces ‘Sunburst’ with the words, “This is to go with our new slogan, ‘If it ain’t country, it’s shit’,” leaves the stage during recent single, ‘The Moonlight Radiates A Purple Glow In His World’ to have a chat with some bloke called Steve, then proceeds to rawk scissor kick his way through ‘My Booroo Clow’. The songs are also interspersed with stories about stuff like being kidnapped by Elvis and taken to the desert in the year zero BC. During the last song, ‘Porpoise Sunlamp’ (contains the line, [I]”I’ll get my suntan from the heat of a dolphin”[/I]), Thomas Spencer is left alone drumming at ridiculous speed before the other three re-emerge from backstage in big coats, looking like three slightly taller Kennys.

It’s bizarre, but you still have to take them seriously – because this is [a]Salako[/a], this is ace, and you’re grinning like a Prozac‘d Anneka Rice. Rarely has such unfettered silliness made such perfect sense.