Silver Dollar Room


NEW SINGLE OUT 3rd May 2024

Silver Dollar Room are an alternative rock band from Scotland, carefully crafting songs of real life issues and the world around them. Drawing collectively from their experiences, song writing, performances and creativity, SDR are ready to follow in the footsteps of bands such as Manic Street Preachers, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins and Bush.They may be a new band, but it’s members have already paid their dues on the music scene. This is a band who know exactly what they are doing, where they are going and how to get there.  And they want you to listen closely as they are addressing some of the big things in life today, not just their lives but the lives of everyone. These are not mundane love songs; these are things that are hard to hear but need to be listened to.

Debut single ‘Little Things’ received positive feedback and picked up airplay across the globe allowing the band to build a platform and increase visibility for their forthcoming new release.

Fronting the band is John Keenan (Vocals) best known for Edinburgh rockers DMS. His unique voice is one of the most distinctive on the scene. He has played sell-out shows in some of Scotland’s most prestigious venues and has gained massive respect for both his voice and his song writing. Driving this is a mind that needs to say something. And SDR gives him, in fact encourages him to say what he wants with no filter.

Guitarist Jamie Turnbull may be best known as Producer for bands like Dogs D’Amour, but he has been seen on stages all over the UK since he was a teenager. His gifted song writing has seen him open up for legends such as Paul Di’anno of Iron MaidenSkindred and Breed 77. Being a ‘gun for hire’ guitar player has seen him rack up hundreds of gigs in the last ten years alone!

Lisa Aird is a professional musician and multi instrumentalist who is handling bass duties. Best known as part of Edinburgh institution AC Rid, she has also performed all over the UK and Europe as a singer. She brings not only a massive amount of musical experience and integrity, but an attitude and professionalism like no other.

Dan Colvin adds the guitar layers that hold the band together and give the extra boost they need live. A seasoned player and songwriter, Dan has shared the stage with SDR vocalist John together with DMS many times. In bands such as Art of Privilege and Scottish rapper Mog, he has shared the stage with acts such as The Fratellis and James Arthur.

Douglas McDonald is one of the most powerful drummers on the music scene, with a tribal backbeat and groove that most drummers would die for. Having racked up extensive touring and festival experience with indie rockers The Acute, he knows what the UK music is all about.

‘Melanin’ is out 3/5/24 across all platforms!

Stream via Soundcloud –

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“Melanin is a song that empathises what is wrong with the world that we currently live in. It explores themes of judgment, vulnerability, identity, racial prejudice, and the struggle for autonomy in a world that often imposes limitations. The song invites reflection on our own experiences and the need for empathy and understanding.”
Linktree- HERE
Music by Jamie Turnbull
Lyrics by John Keenan
Logo and Lyric Video by Lisa Aird
Photos by Forbo Forbes, Edited by Lisa Aird
Recorded by Jamie Turnbull at Post Electric Studios, EdinburghMixed by Jamie Turnbull
Mastered by Katie Tavini at Weird Jungle

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