Saloon Dion mirror societal frustration on ‘Pressure’.

Words: Karl Johnson | Photo: Seren Carys

It wasn’t too long ago that we sat down with Bristol/ London lot Saloon Dion in the Boogaloo Radio studio in London, Tom and Dave talked us through their latest singles (listen back here) and hinted that new music was on the horizon, they weren’t lying. Out today on Nice Swan Records, ‘Pressure’ reflects the emotion and anxiety felt by our societies in the aftermath of years of political turmoil, a global pandemic and now war.

“‘Pressure’ is a direct response to Britain’s current economic climate”, state Saloon Dion. “Lyrics which were at first deeply personal began to take on a wider meaning as the British public became subject to numerous political scandals, and an ever-worsening financial crisis. The idea of being forced to leave somewhere you love and depend on the help of others in the face of immeasurable odds also developed its own terrible resonance at the time of recording”.

‘Pressure’ feels as if it’s about to derail at any moment, a flurry of driving guitar lines and pounding bass connects with Ben Molyneux’s unrelenting drumming, causing the track to jerk and thrust in its fragmented groove – mirroring the unease of the songs subject matter. Find the band on the following UK dates.

Live Dates
6th May – The Exchange, Bristol
18th May – The Shacklewell Arms, London (w/ Grandma’s House)
28th May – Dot 2 Dot Festival, Bristol
19th June – The 100 Club, London (w/ The Rills)
24th Sept – Float Along Festival, Sheffield