A gig to remember... The original Mervyn Sprocket and the Crankshaft Assembly gig was a one night wonder. Martin made his entry though the audience on Motorcycle, and sang 'Torn leather tearaway' before dismounting. The next concert was the first with the Crankshaft Assembly proper with founder members Martin, Rob and Simon. Again in St. Johns but this time in the Church itself. No reverence on this occasion: We were pelted with kneelers that demolished the drum kit and bent the cheap symbols - Yes!
Salt Solution roamed a small island off the coast of Europe from the early 1980 until the mid-90s, in a time when electro-pop ruled the Earth. A band years ahead of it's time, or years behind it, Salt Solution were faith-fired, guitar-driven rock; lyrically observant, both outraged and optimistic. With a diverse cover-free set they played concerts the length and breadth of England, at venues as diverse as pubs, youth clubs, schools and prisons. Festivals too were familiar territory including Greenbelt, Cross Rhythms, Kingston and twice at the Brixton Academy. Essentially Salt Solution were a gigging band. A few demo cassettes exist and some home video footage. There was a solitary single in 1986, "Your Country Needs You" on the Embryo Arts label and a feature on the 3rd ACM Journal Anniversary CD. Finally a retrospective album 'Arctic Frosties' was released on CD in 2000 and is currently available from , and "all good online e-tailers".
Andy Clark - Drums.
Simon Bartlett - Bass, backing vocals.
Pete Milner - Sax, keyboards, occasional backing vocals, tap dancing.
Robert Bathurst - Lead & rhythm guitar, occasional backing vocals.
Martin Day - Vocals, occasional lead & rhythm guitar.