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Fronted by ex-MTV presenter Marijne van der Vlugt, UK indie band Salad first took shape when she started writing songs with guitarist Paul Kennedy while working as a photographic fashion model. Signed to Island Records indie offshoot label Red, Salad offer a sparse sound that contrasts with the dense narratives of their lyrics. Both Vlugt and Kennedy, at one time romantically linked, are ex-film students. Kennedys work includes The Yoghurt Laugh, while Vlugt used her own revolving, naked torso as the subject of her film project. Kennedy also worked for a design company, painting betting shop windows, before signing up with the band full-time. It was through Vlugts original band, Merry Babes, that she was offered the MTV job, being asked to audition after attempting to press the groups videos onto a member of staff. The songwriting on their debut album, Drink Me, was split three ways, with Kennedy writing half the songs, Vlugt four and...