Salt Petal

Salt Petal

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Salt Petal's tropical musings hide turbulent themes. Soaring melodies and pulsating rhythms create a sound that is a mash of Blondie, Gal Costa, and The Smiths as if played by a traveling folk outfit in South America.

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Biography

Salt Petal's tropical musings hide turbulent themes full of soaring melodies and pulsating rhythms. In their live shows, fantastic forms and bright visuals combine with 60s rock and Argentine folk in a vivid tapestry of sound. Buzzbands.la claimed their 2012 single "Songs I Used to Love" to be in the running 'for summer anthem status.' A mash of Blondie, Gal Costa, and The Smiths as if played by a traveling folk outfit in South America, this rising California band has played storied Southland venues and has appeared on multiple radio and TV programs. Pasadena Weekly recently called them "the Bangles gone tropical" and praised their "disarmingly creative approach."

The band started in early 2009 with a pair of friends who decided to try to create a niche they’d been looking for but couldn’t find in the musical scenes around Los Angeles. The sound they were seeking was related to the melodic and danceable traditions of Latin America, but mixed with the sensibilities of a jangly stripped down rock band. The result has been a five to eight-piece band of friends and family with instrumentation ranging between electric guitars, drums, bass, accordion, trumpet, synthesizers, percussions, flute, and cello.

In 2009, they produced one full-length album, “Say-So,” and are currently planning the release of their next full-length, "Sea Monster," due out in 2013. A single, 'Songs I Used to Love,' was released with a video debut at the Mint in May of 2012. Five songs from the full length were released in a digital EP, "Tip of the Sunfish" in October of 2012. The band records with producer Raymond Richards of Red Rockets Glare Studios, with mastering by Mark Chalecki of Little Red Book Mastering, both of Local Natives, Chapin Sisters, and Henry Clay People fame.

In the fall of 2012, Salt Petal played many Southern California shows, including opening for Grammy winner Lila Downs at the Luckman Theater. They were also included in the Echo Park Rising Festival and the Pasadana Art Weekend Festival. The Spring of 2012 was full of touring, with Salt Petal taking trips to SXSW, San Francisco, and Europe. Their European tour included venues in Cannes, Paris, Barcelona, and Porto. Earlier in March, Salt Petal played 9 shows in SXSW 2012, in Austin, Texas. This included performances in The Red Eyed Fly Showcase, the Radio Free Silverlake Showcase, The Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie showcase, and other venues such as the Four Seasons Hotel Lounge and the Whole Foods stage. In the summers of 2010, 2011, and 2012, Salt Petal were invited to play the Make Music Pasadena festival alongside such acts as Ra Ra Riot, Best Coast, Warpaint, The Morning Benders, The Growlers, and La Santa Cecilia. Since 2009, they’ve been invited to multiple radio and tv appearances, including recent interviews on KSPC , 88.7 FM (Claremont) with DJ Zomb-E, KPFK 90.7 FM on Travel Tips for Aztlan, and live appearances on Univision’s Lanzate and Primera Edicion as well as Telemundo's Con Chile y Limon. In April 2011, they were invited to perform at the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books. In the fall of 2011 they performed at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, CA and at Loyola Marymount University as part of a Mane Entertainment series, in conjunction with Showcase LA. In 2010, they had residencies at Echo Park’s Taix and Santa Monica Pier’s Rusty’s Surf Ranch and were featured at The Grand Annex in San Pedro as part of the Grand Vision Presents: Live at the Grand Annex, sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Other venues have included the Echo, Pershing Square, Fais Do Do, and The Airliner, where they’ve opened for acts such as Clem Burke (of Blondie), Brazzaville, David J. (of Bauhaus and Jane’s Addiction), Forró in the Dark, Las Cafeteras, and Pilar Diaz.

Salt Petal’s songs are currently being rotated on air on uprisingradio.org, KSPC 88.7 FM (Claremont), KTUH 90.3 FM (Honolulu), KPFK 90.7 FM (Los Angeles), online at womensradio.com (Oakland), rockoleta.com (Chicago), Atomic Radio (Mexico) and available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, CDBaby, and other retailers.

Lyrics

Todo de Ti (Say-So)

Written By: Autumn Harrison

If I could forget you outside in the crowd
The air and new faces would take this discomfort away
Walking down the sidewalk, thinking of you
Confronted with the reality of life without you

My lack of reason becomes clear to me
You had nothing to do with the emptiness I felt
And now outside in the light of day I see.
I would recognize your smile and the sweet timber
of your voice, (Your Voice!)

If I could, if I wanted to forget you
If I could, if I wanted to forget you
If I could, if I wanted to forget you
If I could, if I wanted to forget you

Original lyrics in Spanish:

Todo de ti

Si yo pudiera olvidarte afuera con la multitud, el aire y las caras nuevas me quitarian esta inquietud.

Caminando por la vereda pensando en ti.
Enfrentada con la realidad de una vida sin ti,
Mi falta de razonar se aclara en mi.

Tu no tenias nada que ver con la falta que yo senti y ahora estando en la luz del dia ya vi.

Te reconoceria la sonrisa y el timbre suavecito de la voz (LA VOZ)
Te reconoceria la sonrisa y el timbre suavecito de la voz
Si yo pudiera, si yo quisiera olvidarme de ti.
Si yo pudiera, si yo quisiera olvidarme de ti.

Tear Drop (Say-So)

Written By: Autumn Harrison

I’ve locked you in a tear drop.
You’ll fall down my cheek,
Roll and splash to the river
And drift out to sea.

Ships will pass right through you,
Fish will gulp you to breathe,
But I’ll beg Yemanja
To send you back to me.

You’ll be burnt by the scorching sun,
Up to the clouds transported,
Swirled in electrostatic mist,
And through the rain downloaded.

Down a dusty building face,
Through ceiling fans,
From within metal pipes you’ll race,
Out the faucet, into my hands.

And if I could fly,
Just humor me a minute please,
My face would dry
In the lightness of being free.
Well, it might be a lie,
But it’s a world where I’d rather be,
The warm blue sky
Stealing the emptiness from me.

I’ve locked you in a tear drop.
You’ll fall down my cheek,
Roll and splash to the river,
And drift out to sea.

Ships will pass right through you.
Fish will gulp you to breathe.
If it’s her wish, Yemanja
Will keep you from me.

And if I could fly,
Just humor me a minute please,
My face would dry
In the lightness of being free.
Well, it might be a lie,
But it’s a world where I’d rather be,
The warm blue sky
Stealing the emptiness from me.

And if I could fly,
Just humor me a minute please,
My face would dry
In the lightness of being free.
Well, it might be a lie,
But it’s a world where I’d rather be,
The warm blue sky
Stealing the emptiness from me.

Cuantas Veces (Say-So)

Written By: Autumn Harrison

How many times did you tell me you were never going to lie?
How many times did you make promises?
Where are the sweet words you whispered to me and the "Forever"
that you spoke so well of?

At night, well yeah, sometimes I cry, but I feel alright, now I don't even wonder why.
You did, you ripped a big fat chunk right from my heart, it doesn't mean I can't get by.

Original lyrics in Spanish:

Cuantas Veces

Cuantas veces me dijiste que nunca ibas a mentirme?
Cuantas veces me hiciste promesas?
Adonde fueron las palabras dulces que me suspirabas y el 'hasta siempre' que tanto elogiabas?

Hot Days (Say-So)

Written By: Autumn Harrison

Hot days like this make you run.
Dead days like this don’t make sense.
Your lei of compliments has dried
Up like a singed piece of hair.
I threw it out with the wind
And now the truth is laid out bare.
Don’t let the heat get you down,
You’ve got to pull yourself through.
Oh, I’m distracted again.
I’ll try to keep my mind tame,
But I can’t promise a thing,
Not with these curtains aflame.

Baby

Written By: Caetano Veloso

You know, you must take a look at the new land
The swimming pool and the teeth of your friend
The dirt in my hand
You know, you must take a look at me

Baby, baby
I know that's the way

You know, you must try the new ice cream flavor
Do me a favor, look at me closer
Join us and go far
And hear the new sound of my bossa nova

Baby, baby
It's been a long time

You know, it's time now to learn Portuguese
It's time now to learn what I know
And what I don't know
And what I don't know
And what I don't know
I know, with me everything is fine
It's time now to make up your mind
We live in the biggest city of South America
Of South America
Of South America
Look here, read what I wrote on my shirt

Por La Luna

Written By: Autumn Harrison

Arden mis ojos en la luz del sol
flotar y andar un camino arenoso

Por el rocio del mar, arden mis ojos
en la luz del sol
flotar y hundir andar por un camino arenoso
olas pintadas en la noche seras para mi al amanecer

Arrastrandonos yo de ti, tu de mi
flotando a lo largo costas bravas aqui

Arden mis ojos en la luz del sol
flotar y andar un camino arenoso
La luz deste amor como un farol
alumbra alrededor
(Olas pintadas en la noche
seras para mi al amanecer)
Barquito encantador pero liviano
alta mar da pavor
(Olas pintadas en la noche
seras para mi al amanecer)

Arrastrandonos yo de ti, tu de mi
flotando a lo largo costas bravas aqui

Arden mis ojos en la luz del sol
flotar y andar un camino arenoso
(Por el rocio del mar, arden mis ojos
en la luz del sol)

Arden mis ojos en la luz del sol
flotar y andar un
(Por el rocio del mar)

olas pintadas en la noche seras para mi al amanecer
olas pintadas en la noche seras para mi al amanecer

Stay Awhile

Written By: Autumn Harrison

An old man plays a tune
on a synth, Duke Ellington,
near the mercadito,
on the corner, in the sun.

A woman and her megaphone are saving the world
at least, that's her design.
The air is full and it's hard to breathe,
paint peels from the walls inside.

Is there a place, a place for us?
sidewalks ripple in my mind.

Lean in, take a drop of our Old Western Nile.
We'll drink to better days. Now
comfort me, stay awhile.
Dance me through these canyons and dusty aisles,
there's something in your face, boy,
the way you move, it beguiles.

An old man plays a tune
on a synth, Duke Ellington,
near the mercadito,
on the corner, in the sun.
The air is full and it's hard to breathe,
paint peels from the walls inside.
Is there a place, a place for us?
sidewalks ripple in my mind.

Lean in, take a drop of our Old Western Nile.
We'll drink to better days. Now
comfort me, stay awhile.
Dance me through these canyons and dusty aisles,
there's something in your face, boy,
the way you move, it beguiles.

Songs I Used To Love

Written By: Autumn Harrison

We watch each others'
heads through the car glass,
rows and rows of windows and shoulders.

I coax my brain
with songs I used to love,
force myself to like them again.

Glass, smooth and cold,
like the stones it came from,
sending sun arrows back up;
back up through the dusty air,
back up through the dusty air.

I will hold you close,
even when the loudest storms
come knocking around your door.

I will hold you tight,
even when the rain slips in
to wash you away.

I will stand in front,
if they lash out with their greedy hands,
until you ask me to be free.
Then I'll have to let you go.

We watch each others'
heads through the car glass,
rows and rows of windows and shoulders.

I coax my brain
with songs I used to love,
force myself to like them again.

Glass, smooth and cold,
like the stones it came from,
sending sun arrows back up;
back up through the dusty air,
back up through the dusty air.

Glass, smooth and cold,
like the stones it came from,
sending sun arrows back up;
back up through the dusty air,
back up through the dusty air.

I will hold you close,
even when the loudest storms
come knocking around your door.

I will hold you tight,
even when the rain slips in
to wash you away.

I will stand in front,
if they lash out with their greedy hands,
until you ask me to be free.
Then I'll have to let you go.

(instrumental)

I will stand in front,
if they lash out with their greedy hands.

I coax my brain
with songs I used to love,
force myself to like them again.

I coax my brain
with songs I used to love,
force myself to like them again.

Again, again, again, again.
Again, again, again, again.

Sabotage

Written By: Autumn Harrison

What if you find out that sabotage is exactly what they want from you?
What if you find out that sabotage is exactly what you want to do?

Then light it all up, go on and set the blaze.
You're ready to go, all set to amaze, you've done it before.

What if you find out that, after all, you are not the one that's going to lose?
What if you find out, despite it all, there are things that you still want to prove?

Then light it all up.

Then light it all up, go on and set the blaze.
You're ready to go, all set to amaze.
You've done it before, love.
Let's do it again.
Bring all your skills, let the light show begin.

Discography

One upcoming full length album due out early 2013.
One digitial EP, "Tip of the Sunfish," 2012.
One full length album, "Say-So," 2009.
Available on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Rhapsody.
Radio airplay on KSPC 88.7 FM (Claremont), KTUH 90.3 FM (Honolulu), KPFK 90.7 FM (Los Angeles), online at uprising radio.net, womensradio.com (Oakland), rockoleta.com (Chicago), Atomic Radio (Mexico).

Set List

Salt Petal Originals:

Sabotage (~3.5 min)
Pico (~3.5 min)
Darkest Hours (~4.5 min)
Bam Bam (~3 min)
Cumbia de Billinghurst (~3.5 min)
Es Dificil (~4.5 min)
The Sky Turns (~4min)
Stay Awhile (~4 min)
Young Love (~4 min)
Songs I used to Love (~4 min)
Hold on to the Night (~3min)
By the Moon (~4min)
Todo de Ti (~4 min)
Hot Days (~3.5 min)
Beach Song (~4 min)
Sunken Eyes (~3 min)
Tear Drop (~4 min)
Para Elegir (~4 min)
Between Us (~3.5 min)
Dirty City (~4 min)
Cuantas Veces (~3 min)
Travel Far (~3.5 min)

Covers:

Baby I'm Yours (Barbara Lewis)
O Velho e a Flor (Vinicius de Moraes)
La Vida (Fabulosos Cadillacs)
Just Like Heaven (The Cure)
Love Song (The Cure)
El Cuarto de Tula (Buena Vista Social Club)
Enola Gay (OMD)
Someday (The Strokes)