Saloon Dion open their account with raucous debut single ‘Deal Or No Deal’.

“Bristol’s first unintentional supergroup” come out swinging with a tight-knit post-punk swagger.

Words by Karl Johnson


Where do you start when you’re keen to get a new band together? Perhaps Gumtree or The Metro’s rush-hour crush section? The next obvious answer must be over a pint at the pub, or in the case of Bristol newcomers Saloon Dion through, “numerous post-gig ramblings, usually initiated by ‘two-pints-too-many’ Taryn McDonnell.” We salute you Taryn for providing that slightly over-carbonated spark that helped get Deal Or No Deal out into the world. The band, cut from members of Football FC, Kimbo Nice and Ratbags was born, and shortly after found a label home for their debut release on London’s Permanent Creeps Records.

Jangling then shredded guitar lines wrap themselves around a rolling bass riff as restraint meets rage in a chorus of ear-shattering noise, as the band thunder “welcome to my bootleg club.” The sound builds and falls in instrumental union, with the vocal output acting as a megaphone to the scrambled brains of anyone disillusioned with modern day Britain.

The four-piece state that, “Deal Or No Deal is a song about being who you are. It’s lyrics take shape around a take it or leave it theme. The idea of walking through life and shrugging things off your shoulders. Things that try and pull you and make you conform to everyday life’s expectations.”

Saloon Dion‘s debut exists in the modern world, lyrically satirical and wide-eyed it rips into the regimented, double standards of our society and bites back. Find the newly-formed quartet supporting Grandmas House and Slagheap on June 25th at The Thunderbolt, Bristol.