Saloon Biography (Wikipedia)
Saloon was an English indie musical group from Reading, who formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2004. The band included Adam Cresswell (bass/synthesisers), Michael Smoughton (drums), added Alison Cotton (viola), Amanda Gomez (lead vocal) and Matt Ashton (guitars). Their first gig at The Fox and Hounds in Caversham. In 1999, Saloon came to the attention of DJ John Peel, who featured the band on his radio programme. The band recorded three Peel sessions; aired 4 July 2001, 7 August 2002 and 19 April 2003.
The band released songs through various independent labels including "Shopping" (Amberley Records), "Electron" (Bearos Records), "Snow" (Fortuna Pop), and "Impact" (Glamour Puss), a split with the Sonic Catering Band. The band eventually settled on Darla Records for the US releases and the Track and Field Organisation in the UK, on which they were to release their last singles "Free Fall", "Have You Seen The Light" (a split with Dressy Bessy) and "Girls Are The New Boys".
At the same time as gigging and releasing numerous 7" singles, the band wrote and recorded their debut album, a process which took them a year and half. "(This Is) What We Call Progress"', which was engineered by singer Amanda Gomez at the Reading College School of Art and Design (now part of Thames Valley University) and mixed by Andrew Prinz of Mahogany in his New York studio, who also designed the sleeve. The album was released in April 2002 to mixed but mostly favourable reviews.