The Salteens

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The Salteens
Background information
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Indie pop, indie rock, twee pop
Years active 1997 (1997)–present
Labels Boompa (Canada)
Lost & Lonesome (Australia)
Drive-In Records (U.S.)
Associated acts The Gateway District
Members Scott L. D. Walker, Kevin Cooper, Dion Willis, Rob Calder, Carrie Tennant
Past members Erin Jane, Brent Follett, Megan Bradfield

The Salteens are a Canadian indie pop group formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[1][2][3] in 1997.[4] The band is in rotation on CBC Radio.[5]


Their 2000 debut LP Short-Term Memories was released on Endearing Records. Along with an extensive, two-year tour in support of this release, the disc garnered The Salteens a substantial fan base not only in Canada, but in Australia, Japan and the U.S.. Short-Term Memories quickly rose to the top of Canada's national college-radio chart, and was nominated in the category of Best Alternative Album at Canadian Music Week's 2001 Independent Music Awards.[citation needed]

The band's second release, Let Go of Your Bad Days was produced by Kevin Kane, with contributions from Ryan Dahle and Pete Bastard. It was released in Australia in December 2006, supported by an opening berth on tour with Australian indie-pop bands The Lucksmiths and Jebediah.

Zellers, a Canadian discount department store, used the song "Nice Day" in its spring 2007 commercial. In addition, the band guest-starred and performed in the 28 August 2007 episode of Yo Gabba Gabba! titled "Happy." The band wrote 2 songs for "Yo Gabba Gabba!": "Be Nice to Animals" and "I'm So Happy I Can Dance".

In February 2008 the band released 2 new songs for free download on their official website. The songs were "Hallowed Ways" and "Sunnyside St.". In March they released an additional 2 tracks: "Don't Break My Heart" and "Everything They Know About Us".

April 2010: The band is currently in the studio with producer Todd Simko putting the finishing touches on its 3rd full length album, entitled Grey Eyes. The disc will be released 12 October 2010 on Boompa.

On 11 May 2010 the band released a digital EP containing 6 songs entitled Moths. The songs are the product of a number of recording sessions that took place during 2007 and 2008 in Vancouver.

On 12 October 2010 the band released their new album Grey Eyes.



  • Mighty Mighty (1999)[6]
  • Motor Away / Why Do Other Bands Bother? (7"vinyl) (2000)[7]
  • Moths (2010)
  • Kid Songs (2010)




  • Red Wagon Australian tour 2001[11]


  1. ^ Barclay, Michael (May 2000). "Interviews > From the Magazine > May 2000 > The Salteens Brevity is the Soul of Pop". Exclaim! (Toronto: 1059434 Ontario Inc.). ISSN 1207-6600. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Ross, Mike (30 May 2003). "Salteens turn on the light". Jam!. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Zuel, Bernard (28 December 2002). "Season with salteens: Vancouver indie favourites offer summer-perfect pop". National Post (Toronto: Postmedia Network Inc.). ISSN 1486-8008. 
  4. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Salteens Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  5. ^ O’Keefe, Mary Christa. "Salteens Artist Page". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mighty mighty (sound recording) / Salteens", (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), AMICUS No. 27150226, retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Motor away / Why do other bands bother? (7"vinyl) (sound recording) / Salteens", (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), AMICUS No. 27134683, retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Short term memories (sound recording)", (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), OCLC 56609175, AMICUS No. 28491068, retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Let go of your bad days (sound recording) / the Salteens", (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), OCLC 62142480, AMICUS No. 30708035, retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Grey Eyes (sound recording) / the Salteens", (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), AMICUS No. 38530073, retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Red wagon (sound recording) : (Australian tour 2001) / the Salteens", (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), AMICUS No. 30708052, retrieved 22 March 2011. 

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