Chick Wallace Opens The Mental Health Dialogue With 'Salt'
Photo by Melanie Paulos
Embodying the raucous culture of the East Atlanta Village arts scene, Chick Wallace made its debut in 2017, with the self-titled EP, Chick Wallace. The pop-punk four-piece seems to have been included in every EAV lineup since then, and, now, Chick Wallace is sharing a new collection of briny tunes, with the release of Salt.
The EP places mental health at the forefront of Chick Wallace’s conversation, punctuated by distorted instrumentation and Melanie Paulos’ assertive vocals. Listeners confront the Salt’s emotional peak head on, with opener “Arms.” The strident track is an open conversation between Paulos and Bipolar disorder. “It influences a lot of the way I have to live and create honestly. The ups and downs of having the disorder feels like a contract I didn’t mean to sign, sometimes, and I tend to disassociate from it,” Paulos says.
The EP arrives with an accompanying video for the title track, “Salt.” Animated by Jason Potak, the song’s visuals morph sketches of everyday life with video game images. “‘Salt’ is about people that dissolve into whatever is going on around them, instead of making noise,” Paulos says. “I think we’re all guilty of it sometimes.”
Chick Wallace will share the 529 stage with Athens’ Monsoon, psych-pop quartet Wieuca and Atlanta duo Suede Cassidy, for their EP release show, on Sat., June 29. The “salty girl”quartet is currently writing and recording its debut full-length album, and — with a consistent band roster now in place — plans to tour soon.