Don’t Worry Be Happy – Hallucinate On The Debut Album ‘CULT CASUAL’ By Manchester Collective HEAVY SALAD

28 September 2020

Meaning: “When something is stressful or too demanding it is heavy salad.”
Who: A trio formed in 2018 in Manchester that works in the space between
perceived reality and the abyss of your mind. Melt yourself! Bonding over a
joint interest in psychedelic horror films, they loved the idea of being in a band
like a psychedelic cult, albeit a cult with no rules.

Released: 25 September 2020

Dipped Into Gold Recordings label: “A loose concept-album-of-all-sorts ‘Cult Casual’ explores the idea of finding your own reality in the modern world. The album takes you backwards through the very experiences of existence… Charged-up on a myriad of musical influences from surf-rock and free-jazz to over driven pop and experimental rock… Adding another dimension to its textured sound the trio are joined by live backing singers… Despite its kaleidoscopic and far-reaching sound palette, the band confirm that no distortion pedals were used in the making of ‘Cult Casual’.”

Lee Mann (frontman): “It’s an exploration of the experience of modern reality. It feels like the LP exists for this exact moment in time.”

John Lennon: “The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that’s making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?”

Turn Up The Volume: “If you’re going to Manchester be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. If you’re going to Manchester you’re gonna meet some gentle people there. All across the nation such a strange Heavy Salad vibration, people in motion. They are a whole generation with a new explanation.”

Keywords: Heavy Salad’s lonely hearts club band / Inner visions and gospel hymns / Grateful death / Black Sabbath / Doo-wop and Da-doo-ron harmonies / Space Odyssey

Singles/clips: It’s OK To Bleed /




Stream/buy the full album…


The whole orchestra…

(photos: via Heavy Salad)

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