The Salteens

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The Salteens
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The Salteens, July 2011
Background information
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresIndie pop, indie rock, twee pop
Years active1997 (1997)–present
LabelsBoompa (Canada)
Lost & Lonesome (Australia)
Drive-In Records (U.S.)
MembersScott L. D. Walker, Kevin Cooper, Dion Willis, Rob Calder, Carrie Tennant
Past membersErin Jane, Brent Follett, Megan Bradfield

The Salteens are a Canadian indie pop group based in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1][2][3] The band released several albums of light pop music, toured in Canada and Australia; a number of their tracks were in rotation on CBC Radio.[4]


The Salteens formed in Vancouver in 1997.[5] Their 2000 debut LP Short-Term Memories was released on Endearing Records.[6] For the next two years the band performed in support of this release, earning a fan base in Canada, Australia, Japan and the United States. Short-Term Memories 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 consisted of ten short tracks, and was released in 2003.[7][8] The album was also released in Australia, supported by an opening berth on tour with Australian indie-pop bands The Lucksmiths and Jebediah.[9]

Zellers, a Canadian discount department store, used the song "Nice Day" in its spring 2007 commercial.[10] In addition, the band guest-starred and performed in the 28 August 2007 episode of Yo Gabba Gabba! titled "Happy." The band wrote two songs for "Yo Gabba Gabba!": "Be Nice to Animals" and "I'm So Happy I Can Dance".[11]

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

On 11 May 2010 the band released a digital EP containing six songs entitled Moths. The songs are the product of a number of recording sessions that took place during 2007 and 2008 in Vancouver. That year The Salteens recorded the band's third full-length album, Grey Eyes, with producer Todd Simko. It was released tin October though their own label, Boompa Records,[12] and appeared on the !Earshot National Top 50 Chart.[13]



  • Mighty Mighty (1999)[14]
  • Motor Away / Why Do Other Bands Bother? (7"vinyl) (2000)[15]
  • Moths (2010)
  • Kid Songs (2010)




  • Red Wagon Australian tour 2001[19]


  1. ^ Barclay, Michael (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". Canoe: Artist biographies. 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. ^ O’Keefe, Mary Christa. "Salteens Artist Page". Bands. CBC Radio 3. Archived from the original on 1 March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Salteens Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  6. ^ "The Salteens Short-Term Memories". AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny.
  7. ^ "The Salteens / Catlow / Leeroy Stagger / My Project: Blue Victory Lounge, Edmonton AB - September 9, 2005". Exclaim!, By Chris Boutet, Oct 01, 2005
  8. ^ "Let Go of Your Bad Days". Exclaim!, By Scott Ingram, May 01, 2003
  9. ^ "Positive Reinforcements". Vue Weekly, April 8, 2004
  10. ^ "A Completely Biased Ranking of the 60 Best Canadian Indie Rock Songs of the 00s Part I". Noisey, by Cam Lindsay, Apr 10 2017
  11. ^ "The Salteens release first album in seven years, join “Yo Gabba Gabba” tour". Consequences of Sound, by Alex Young, August 21, 2010
  12. ^ "Salteens Grey Eyes". by Ian Gormely, Oct 24, 2010
  13. ^ "The National Top 50 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, October 26, 2010". !Earshot.
  14. ^ "Mighty mighty (sound recording) / Salteens", Collections Canada, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 27150226, retrieved 22 March 2011.
  15. ^ "Motor away / Why do other bands bother? (7"vinyl) (sound recording) / Salteens", Collections Canada, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 27134683, retrieved 22 March 2011.
  16. ^ "Short term memories (sound recording)", Collections Canada, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 56609175, AMICUS No. 28491068, retrieved 22 March 2011.
  17. ^ "Let go of your bad days (sound recording) / the Salteens", Collecions Canada, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 62142480, AMICUS No. 30708035, retrieved 22 March 2011.
  18. ^ "Grey Eyes (sound recording) / the Salteens", Collections Canada, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 38530073, retrieved 22 March 2011.
  19. ^ "Red wagon (sound recording) : (Australian tour 2001) / the Salteens", Collections Canada, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 30708052, retrieved 22 March 2011.

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