Niagara Gazette — After more than a decade of writing, local band Salt Peter are gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Ameraka, which will come out Oct. 12 and is their first album since 2000.
Salt Peter formed in the late 90s with members hailing from all corners of Western New York. They have since come a long way. Their on-again off-again career has seen them through several record labels, multiple major cites and has had them playing with a number of national acts.
The new album has been in the making since the mid 2000s and most of their songs resulted spontaneously through jam sessions.
“ I would like something, and we would work on it and then for some reason it would just go away, and some things stuck,” said band member Robert Tweedie, who plays keyboards. “A lot of the finished creations, they were just jams.”
Salt Peter’s sound is a genre of it’s very own. A chaotic yet smooth mix or rock, funk, jazz and electronica.
“We like a lot of different kinds of music and listen to all kinds of stuff,” said Tweedie. “A lot of my favorite musicians, from the Beastie Boys to the Beatles to Tom Waits, none of those guys put records out where all the music is the same. I couldn’t imagine playing all heavy music all the time.”
“Our big thing is that there’s no rules and there never had been since day one,” added drummer Steve Puglisi. “Nothing is like, well we don’t do that, or that doesn’t sound right, it’s really just whatever happens.”
According to Anthony Aversa, the band’s singer and guitarist, the motivation to start working on their latest album came after winning WBNY’s battle of the bands competition in 2005.