Saloon

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Saloon was formed in late 1997 by Adam Cresswell (bass/synthesisers) and Michael Smoughton (drums). In early 1998, they added Alison Cotton (viola) (who came from another Reading band, British Air Powers, who went on to become British Sea Power) as well as Amanda Gomez (lead vocal) and Matt Ashton (guitars). 

Their sound drew on a range of influences of electronic and more guitar-based acts, and developed a futuristic pop sound that incorporated Cotton's viola playing, Cresswell's interest in Moog synthesisers, and Ashton's feedback-tinged guitar style. Comparison's were made with contemporaries Broadcast, Belle and Sebastian and Stereolab.

After releasing a home-recorded, four-track demo (The Blue Demo) in 1998 the now hard to find, Lisa Millennium / Conquistador was released on their own Belmondo label. 
The band released a number of split and 7" singles and came to the attention of BBC DJ John Peel, who championed the band and their subsequent single releases and band recorded three Peel sessions.

Saloon toured extensively (in a post van if their distributor Cargo Records website was to be believed) throughout their career and curated their own club night and Festival in Reading called ‘Happy Robots’. Band members were also involved in other bands and projects including Tompaulin, Moskva, Rodney Cromwell and The Eighteenth Day of May. 

The debut Saloon album '(This Is) What We Call Progress' was mixed by Andrew Prinz of Mahogany in who also designed the sleeve and was released in April 2002 to favourable reviews, including the Sunday Times in the UK who listed it amongst their top 10 of the year.

Saloon quickly got to work writing the follow-up. Between the release of the albums the band were hit with unexpected success when Girls Are The New Boys reached number one in Peel's annual Festive 50, This was one of four Saloon releases in the coveted chart, with two entries in 2001 and two entries in 2002. The self-produced second album If We Meet in the Future was released in June 2003, again to mostly positive reviews including the NME who awarded it 8/10.

Despite this, following its release the band completed their touring commitments and disappeared. In 2004 the band website announced the official split. The reasons for the split was never clarified.

A compilation album of the early Saloon singles Lo-Fi Sounds, Hi-Fi Heart was released in 2006. Gomez and Cresswell also provided production duties on the 2004 album, Let's Get Static, by Track and Field band, The Projects. The Saloon members have been involved in numerous other bands since the split including  The Leaf Library, The Left Outsides and Arthur and Martha.
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Albums

none Saloon Untitled(Cass, Promo) Not On Label none UK 1999 Sell This Version
Saloon - (This Is) What We Call Progress album art Saloon (This Is) What We Call Progress (Album) Track & Field, Track & Field UK 2002 Sell This Version
Saloon - If We Meet In The Future album art Saloon If We Meet In The Future (Album) Track & Field US 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Saloon - Single #1/Demo #1 album art Saloon Single #1/Demo #1(Cass, EP) Belmondo Productions none UK 1998 Sell This Version
AAS023 Saloon - Futurismo / Forget To Fade Out album art Saloon / Lazer Guided Saloon / Lazer Guided - Futurismo / Forget To Fade Out(7", Single, Pur) Artists Against Success AAS023 UK 1999 Sell This Version
amy 013 Saloon - Shopping / Song For Hugo album art Saloon Shopping / Song For Hugo(7", Single) Amberley amy 013 UK 2000 Sell This Version
bearos 013 Saloon - Electron album art Saloon Electron(7", Single) Bearos bearos 013 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CAT001 Saloon - Impact / Body Pop album art Saloon / The Sonic Catering Band* Saloon / The Sonic Catering Band* - Impact / Body Pop(7", Ltd) Glamourpuss CAT001 UK 2001 Sell This Version
Lane 07 Saloon - Free Fall / Movimiento album art Saloon Free Fall / Movimiento(7", Single) Track & Field Lane 07 UK 2001 Sell This Version
Lane 11 Saloon - Tour Single album art Dressy Bessy / Saloon Dressy Bessy / Saloon - Tour Single(7", Single) Track & Field Lane 11 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Lane 16 Saloon - Girls Are The New Boys album art Saloon Girls Are The New Boys(7", Single) Track & Field Lane 16 UK 2002 Sell This Version

Compilations

Saloon - Lo-Fi Sounds, Hi-Fi Heart album art Saloon Lo-Fi Sounds, Hi-Fi Heart (Comp) Track & Field UK 2006 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Saloon - 4 Track Demo album art Saloon 4 Track Demo(Cass) Belmondo Productions none UK 1998 Sell This Version