• Molly Davies

From the dark depths of the pandemic, an unlikely supergroup of Bristol mainstays has emerged

That's The One: Saloon Dion | Bristol

Saloon Dion, the Frankenstein act of some of Bristol’s most-loved underground bands, hit the ground running with their debut single Deal or No Deal.


Signed to Permanent Creeps almost as soon as they floated the idea of playing together, Saloon Dion are set to be one of Bristol’s most exciting new acts to catch in 2021. Formed by members of Football FC, Kimbo Nice, and Ratbags (plus Ben), the band have high expectations to meet straight out the gate. With an eight month period locked away writing, practicing, and recording, it’s clear the group are eager to be back in the venues of Bristol that they all originally cut their teeth in. Following their debut release, the group have secured a coveted spot in support of Grandmas House and Slagheap at The Thunderbolt later this year, with many more live shows hovering on the horizon.


Their first offering, Deal or No Deal, is a track that would be perfectly at home in a sweaty basement or pub packed to the rafters. Inspired by acts such as Talking Heads, Robert Palmer, Fat White Family and Parquet Courts, Deal or No Deal blends spirited post-punk with cutting lyricism, exposing some of the most simultaneously glaringly obvious and widely ignored fallacies embedded in modern life. “Deal Or No Deal is a song about being who you are,” explains Saloon Dion, “the idea of walking through life and shrugging things off your shoulders as they pass you by. Things that try and pull you down and make you conform to everyday expectations.”


Listen to Deal or No Deal here and catch them live at The Thunderbolt, Bristol, on the 25th June. Tickets here.