Salem (Michigan band)

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SALEM on the back cover of their Frost/Legend single
Background information
Origin Traverse City, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active 2006–present
  • Acéphale
  • Audraglint
  • Big Love
  • Merok
Members John Holland
Heather Marlatt
Jack Donoghue

Salem (Stylized as SALEM) is an American band from Traverse City and Chicago, composed of John Holland, Heather Marlatt, and Jack Donoghue[3][4] The band's debut release, Yes I Smoke Crack, was released on Acéphale in 2008 - the EP sold out in pre-sales.[5] Salem formed in Chicago in 2006, two years before the release of their first official EP. Their single "Asia" was featured in the fifth season of Skins. In 2010, the band released its first LP, King Night, on IAMSOUND Records. For its 2011 collection, Parisian fashion house Givenchy used the band's song "King Night" to open and close the runway show, selected by Riccardo Tisci.[6] Their song "Trapdoor" was featured in the 2012 film The Place Beyond the Pines.[7]

In 2009, Salem performed their first official show in Rome, at the Palazzo Dei Congressi. In the winter of 2010 Salem went on a European tour and in the spring of 2011, they went on a US tour. They played the PRIMAVERA music festival in Spain as well as many other music festivals and one off shows.

Salem has been inactive since 2012, having no new releases since 2011's 'I'm Still In The Night' EP, sparking rumors by fans as to the status of the group. Rumors have surfaced claiming that Salem is working on a new album, but none of these rumors have been confirmed. In 2014, the group posted to their Facebook for the first time in 2 years with a message of support for anyone struggling with the Ebola virus during the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, along with a song they claim to have made with Sierra Leone rapper King David '2 summers ago'.[8]



  • King Night (September 28 2010, IAMSOUND Records)



  • "OhK" (2009, Big Love Records) Limited edition of 300 copies
  • "Frost" (2009, Audraglint Recordings) Limited edition of 500 copies
  • "Asia" (2010, Iamsound Records) Available with pre-order of debut album


  • Salem/Tanlines (7" split with Tanlines, 2010, Fader) Limited edition of 500 copies


  • "Salem XXJFG Mix" (June 11, 2009)[9]
  • "We Make It Good Mix Series Volume 11: Salem" (November 24, 2009)[10]
  • "Raver Stay Wif Me" (April 23, 2010)[11]
  • "I Buried My Heart Inna Wounded Knee" (Self-released: August 5, 2010)
  • "Mother Always" (March 24, 2011)[12]
  • "Bow Down" (April, 03 2011)[13]
  • "Sleep Now My One Little Eye" (April, 03 2011)[14]
  • "5Min2Live: Gurn Baby Gurn" (Composed by Bea Fremderman & Jack Donoghue: September 22, 2010)[15]


  • "Dirt" (2008) Directed by Salem[16]
  • "Legend" (2009) Directed by Salem[17]
  • "Skullcrush" (2009) Directed by Salem[18]
  • "Asia" (2010) Directed by Salem[19]
  • "Sick" (2011) Directed by Salem
  • "King Night" (2011) Directed by Theo Wenner[20]


  • "In the Arms of Rain (Salem Remix)" originally by HIM on SWRMXS (2010, Sire Records)
  • "Outside the Night (Salem vs White Car)" originally by Von Haze (Stylized as "Outsyd Tha Nite")
  • "Brainwashed (Salem vs Devlin)" originally by Devlin
  • "In Violet (Salem vs Health)" originally by Health on Health::Disco2 (2010, Lovepump United Records)
  • "Sideways (Salem Drag Chop Remix)" originally by Playboy Tre on ATL RMX (2009, adult swim)
  • "Bird Flu (Salem vs Gucci Mane)" originally by Gucci Mane
  • "Round One (Salem vs Gucci Mane)" originally by Gucci Mane
  • "My Shadow (Salem vs Gucci Mane)" originally by Gucci Mane
  • "Reckoner (Salem vs Radiohead)" originally by Radiohead
  • "Stay Away (Salem's Angel Remix)" originally by Charli XCX
  • "Try It On (Salem Remix)" originally by Interpol
  • "Till The World Ends" originally by Britney Spears
  • "Penny Sparkle (Salem Remix)" originally by Blonde Redhead. Also stylized as "lemons".[21]
  • "Shallow Tears ((Like a Storm) Salem RMX)" originally by Light Asylum.[22]


  • "Slangin Yayo", a track they produced for rap artist Lil B[23]


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  3. ^ Jon Caramanica. "Moods Conducive to Dying and Dancing". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  4. ^ "SALEM: An interview with our pick for the Best New Band from Michigan - On The Download". 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Myspace". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  6. ^ "【ELLE TV JAPAN】シーエヌシー2011春夏". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  7. ^ "IMDB". 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Pink Fog". 20jazzfunkgreats. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  10. ^ "We Make It Good Mix Series Volume 11: Salem". Discogs. November 2009. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  11. ^ Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, Nick Scholl, David Toro. "Dis – Raver Stay Wif Me « Dis Magazine". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  12. ^ "Check Yo' Ponytail 2". Check Yo' Ponytail. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  13. ^ "S 4 L E M". S 4 L E M. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  14. ^ "S 4 L E M". S 4 L E M. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  15. ^ "Just another WordPress site". 5 Min 2 Live. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  16. ^ "SALEM dirt on Vimeo". 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  17. ^ "SALEM-Legend". YouTube. 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  18. ^ "Video: Salem, “Skullcrush” « The FADER". 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  19. ^ "SALEM - "Asia" video teaser". YouTube. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  20. ^ "Salem – “King Night” Video". Stereogum. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  21. ^ ""Penny Sparkle (Salem Remix)" | Forkcast Archive". Pitchfork. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  22. ^ "Light Asylum: "Shallow Tears ((Like A Storm) SALEM RMX)"". Altered Zones. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  23. ^ "Lil B Releases Red Flame Evil Edition, Samples Salem « The FADER". 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 

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