Grrr…It’s the warning sound of a rabid beast bearing its teeth. It’s the sound you hear just before said beast really lets you have it. And with its new album Grrr… set to be unleashed by Dead Oceans on March 10, BISHOP ALLEN is that stirring animal, readied for an attack of pop songcraft honed over nearly two years of rigorous touring.
Grrr…, reveals that after five years of comparisons to other artists–Jonathan Richman, The Kinks, Bright Eyes, Spoon, etc., in rave reviews from Rolling Stone, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly and many others–Bishop Allen has developed an artistry and sound that are unmistakably their own. One thing that distinguishes Bishop Allen’s music is the quality of the writing. Rice’s literate lyrics, which The Los Angeles Times has praised for their “poetic insight,” have a universality that has made them resonant to listeners of all ages and earned them champions ranging from the young comic actor Michael Cera to the National Public Radio host Scott Simon.
The band will cross the U.S. in support of Grrr…, making a soon-to-be-announced stop at SXSW.
01/16/09 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
01/17/09 Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
01/18/09 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
01/19/09 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
03/12/09 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
03/13/09 Washington, DC – Black Cat
03/14/09 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
03/15/09 Asheville, NC – The Rocket Club
03/16/09 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe
03/17/09 Little Rock, AR – Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
03/23/09 West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour
03/24/09 San Francisco, CA – The Rickshaw Shop
03/26/09 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
03/28/09 Denver, CO – Hi Dive
03/29/09 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Saloon
03/31/09 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
04/02/09 Northhampton, MA – Iron Horse
04/03/09 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
04/04/09 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
04/05/09 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
A full listing of Bishop Allen’s upcoming tour dates can be found HERE
And more about Grrr… can be found HERE.