Bishop Allen

The new Bishop Allen record, Lights Out, is here at last. Here's what went into it: ten years, three full-lengths, twelve EPs, thousands of shows, a move out of Brooklyn, a new home in the wooly wilds of Kingston, NY, time off to score the films Bully and Mutual Friends, as well as an Anderson Cooper 360 special, months of demos, drum tracking in a sweat-lodge attic studio during a July heat wave, a wet Fall arranging guitars, bass, and synths in a now-chilly attic studio, the coldest December on record spent mixing, a close call with a frozen pipe and flooded hard drives, and a photo found on a friend's refrigerator. Here's what you do with it: Check the weather. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you've still got some summer left--the bittersweet tail end of it. Get yourself invited to some cookouts, or throw one, and if you still have it in you to get a little drunk or otherwise shut off any sense of responsibility, go for that. Play this record at that event. You don't have to listen too closely--it sounds great & you're going to have fun with it and feel good. Hey! you'll say, I wish we had this record at the beginning of the summer! Couple weeks later, summer's over. Responsibility is creeping back in. Driving home from the last party of the season, you keep the record rolling in the car, like you're huffing the last fumes of this night...and now you quiet down & some of the haze in your mind clears...Listen to what this guy's singing. And realize that this record is not what you thought it was at all. Goddamnit! Bait-and-switch! These songs are downright melancholic! "It is a narrowing, it is a shrinking..." "I was so cold..." "How long until the next defeat?..." "Go on, black hole, and tear the sky to pieces..." Jesus, that's just how a few of these songs begin. Was he really singing that all along? Stick with me, this is the crucial part. We've experienced our thesis (party) and our antithesis (the abyss). Go home, drink plenty of fluids, survive tomorrow's hangover...and when you're ready, start to wrap your head around the synthesis. It's not just a stunt--it's not like they're putting Rammstein lyrics to the tune of "Love Shack" & having a sophomoric chuckle over it. Nah. Listen again, think back, and realize...through every one of those cookouts...deep into every laughter-filled late night...surrounded by the best friends you'll ever have...well, damn if that sadness and weariness he's talking about weren't right there with you all that whole time. Damn if he wasn't transcribing the thoughts you didn't even realize you were having. Turns out the good and the bad, your youth and your aging--what's left of them both--were inseparable. So the record is still fun too! Put it on and dance around your kitchen. Grow 43 minutes older once again and be grateful you spent them how you did. Here's who worked on Lights Out: Justin Rice (vocals, guitar, synths), Michael Tapper (drums, backing vocals, synths), Darbie Nowatka (vocals), Dave Lerner (bass, additional guitar, backing vocals), Christian Rudder (additional guitar), Matthew Cullen (additional guitar), Eli Walker (additional bass), Ken Cook (backing vocals), Anne Cunningham (backing vocals), and Jon Natchez (horns). It was produced and mixed by Matthew Cullen in Bishop Allen's hometown of Kingston, NY.

BISHOP ALLEN Announce Fall Tour of North America

BISHOP ALLEN are returning to the road this fall in support of their latest album Grrr… The band plans to preview new songs on this upcoming tour, as well as unfurl some special surprises. Cover songs? Magic tricks? You’ll just have to wait and see. Check out the tour schedule HERE.

In other news, Harmony and Me, the new film featuring Bishop Allen’s Justin Rice and Keith Poulson has been met with critical acclaim. Variety calls the film “bristling with wry wit,” the Village Voice raves that Harmony and Me is “consistently very funny… deceptively lose but always on point,” while Time Out New York calls the film “a finely tuned comedy, complete with precisely scripted jokes and comic set pieces that swerve toward the playfully perverse.” Harmony and Me has a special screening this week at MOMA in New York City September 18-24. Find out more about the film and screening HERE, and watch the movie trailer HERE.

BISHOP ALLEN Plot European Tour, Star In Movie, Release New Music Video

Following a wildly successful European tour last spring, Bishop Allen are returning for another round of club shows and festival dates, visiting Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. We’re thrilled the band has been able to spend so much time with their European fans while supporting Grrr… but for those of you in North America, the band will be touring again before the year is up.

Bishop Allen’s Justin Rice also spends time as an actor, appearing in acclaimed indie films such as Mutual Appreciation and Alexander the Last. Currently, Harmony and Me (written and directed by Bob Byington) starring Justin, as Harmony, a depressed lyricist clinging to the memory of an ex-girlfriend, is gaining notoriety at film festivals worldwide, screening at the likes of the Los Angeles Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Cine-Vegas Film Festival. Harmony and Me also includes an excellent supporting cast including Kevin Corrigan (Pineapple Express, Superbad, The Departed), and Pat Healy (Rescue Dawn, Ghost World, Great World of Sound) as well as bandmate, Keith Poulson, who is currently manning the bass in Bishop Allen.

Bob Byington, who directed Harmony and Me was kind enough to shoot a fun, off-the-cuff music video for Bishop Allen for the song “Shanghaied” from their March release, Grrr…. Check out the video below and view the trailer for Harmony and Me HERE.

And see a complete list of Bishop Allen’s tour dates HERE.

BISHOP ALLEN Lines Up European Festival Dates, Captured On Video For Live Performance of Cue The Elephants

In July, Brooklyn indie-popsmiths Bishop Allen will trot across Europe on a handful of festival dates. So, young people on your soul-searching backpack journey across Europe, let Bishop Allen be your guiding star. Check out all the dates HERE.

Bishop Allen was recently captured on video at Philadelphia’s Unitarian Church in a performance Grrr… cut “Cue The Elephants.” Check out the video by going HERE.

BISHOP ALLEN Performs Intimate Ukulele Session

They say you know a song is strong when it can be stripped down to its most simple skeleton and still stand on its own. Recently, BISHOP ALLEN proved the strength of their pop writing chops with only voice, ukulele and melodica in a teeny French bathroom for France’s Ukulele Sessions, for which they performed tunes from past albums Broken String and Charm School. The band upcoming dates at both Sasquatch Music Festival and North Side Fest. Check out all upcoming Bishop Allen dates HERE.

Booking Agent Contact

US
Joe Smyth
Nicodemus Agency
joe@nicodemusagency.com

Europe:
Christian Morin
Headquarter Entertainment
Rosenthaler Str. 3
10119 Berlin
Germany
Tel : 49/30/28598248
Tel: 49/30/28599290
Fax: 49/30/28598246
Christian@headquarter-entertainment.de
www.headquarter-entertainment.de

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