Salem (American band)

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OriginTraverse City, Michigan & Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active2006–2012, 2016-present
  • Acéphale
  • Audraglint
  • Big Love
  • Merok
MembersJohn Holland
Heather Marlatt
Jack Donoghue

Salem (Stylized as S4LEM or SALEM[3]) is an American band from Traverse City and Chicago, composed of vocalists John Holland and Heather Marlatt, and rapper Jack Donoghue. All three members also produce all of the band's music. The band's debut release, Yes I Smoke Crack, was released on Acéphale in 2008 - the EP sold out in pre-sales. 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.[4] Their song "Trapdoor" was featured in the 2012 film The Place Beyond the Pines.[5]

Salem had been inactive since 2012, with no new releases since their 2011 EP 'I'm Still In The Night'. This lack of activity caused fans to question the status of the band, leading most to assume the band had ended. In July 2016, a new Salem album was announced via photographer Wolfgang Tillmans' Instagram account.[6] Salem officially returned with a remix of Make It Up As You Go Along by Wolfgang Tillmans on his Device Control EP.[7]





  • "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)[8]
  • "We Make It Good Mix Series Volume 11: Salem" (November 24, 2009)[9]
  • "Raver Stay Wif Me" (April 23, 2010)[10]
  • "I Buried My Heart Inna Wounded Knee" (Self-released: August 5, 2010)
  • "Mother Always" (March 24, 2011)[11]
  • "Bow Down" (April, 03 2011)[12]
  • "Sleep Now My One Little Eye" (April, 03 2011)[13]
  • "5Min2Live: Gurn Baby Gurn" (Composed by Bea Fremderman & Jack Donoghue: September 22, 2010)[14]


  • "Dirt" (2008) Directed by Salem and Bea Fremderman[15]
  • "Legend" (2009) Directed by Salem[16]
  • "Skullcrush" (2009) Directed by Salem and Bea Fremderman[17]
  • "Asia" (2010) Directed by Salem[18]
  • "Sick" (2011) Directed by Salem
  • "King Night" (2011) Directed by Theo Wenner[19]


  • "Make It Up As You Go Along (SALEM Remix)" originally by Wolfgang Tillmans (2016, Fragile)
  • "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
  • "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".[20]
  • "Shallow Tears ((Like a Storm) Salem RMX)" originally by Light Asylum.[21]
  • " Elemental Light (Salem Remix)" originally by The Cult.[22]
  • "Better off Alone" originally by Alice Deejay


  • Jack Donoghue (producer, rapper)
  • Heather Marlatt (producer, vocalist)
  • John Holland (producer, vocalist)


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

Jack Donoghue also coproduced the song "Black Skinhead" on Kanye West's 2013 album, Yeezus.[24]


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  4. ^ "【ELLE TV JAPAN】シーエヌシー2011春夏". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  5. ^ "IMDB".
  6. ^ April Clare (August 3, 2016). "Salem to bring back witch house with first album in six years". Fact.
  7. ^ "Salem remix Wolfgang Tillman's "Make It Up As You Go Along"". Pitchfork.
  8. ^ "Pink Fog". 20jazzfunkgreats. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  9. ^ "We Make It Good Mix Series Volume 11: Salem". Discogs. November 2009. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  10. ^ Lauren Boyle; Solomon Chase; Marco Roso; Nick Scholl; David Toro. "Dis – Raver Stay Wif Me « Dis Magazine". Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  11. ^ "Check Yo' Ponytail 2". Check Yo' Ponytail. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  12. ^ "S 4 L E M". S 4 L E M. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  13. ^ "S 4 L E M". S 4 L E M. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  14. ^ "Just another WordPress site". 5 Min 2 Live. 2012-11-06. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  15. ^ "SALEM dirt on Vimeo". 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  16. ^ "SALEM-Legend". YouTube. 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  17. ^ "Video: Salem, "Skullcrush" « The FADER". 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  18. ^ "SALEM - "Asia" video teaser". YouTube. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  19. ^ "Salem – "King Night" Video". Stereogum. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  20. ^ ""Penny Sparkle (Salem Remix)" | Forkcast Archive". Pitchfork. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  21. ^ "Light Asylum: "Shallow Tears ((Like A Storm) SALEM RMX)"". Altered Zones. 2011-06-14. Archived from the original on 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  22. ^ "The Cult: "Elemental Light (Salem Remix)"". IFC. 2012-11-20.
  23. ^ "Lil B Releases Red Flame Evil Edition, Samples Salem". The Fader. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  24. ^ "Full credits for Kanye West's Yeezus released – Marilyn Manson out, Brodinski and Arca in". Fact. June 19, 2013.

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