Introduce yourself and your music:
Hi we’re The Bishops – a three piece indie/alternative band from London, UK. My name’s Mike I’m the lead singer and guitarist, my twin brother Pete Bishop plays bass and also sings in the band. Our good friend from Scotland Chris McConville completes our lineup, he plays drums. We’ve just released a new album ‘All Lost Time‘ digitally and on vinyl.
How would you describe your sound and lyric style?
In the past we were very 60s influenced. Harmonies have always been a big part of the band between myself and Pete as well as melodies and musical hooks. I feel we’ve kept this element of the band for our new record as well as broadening our palette a lot further by trying out some new things. In particular experimenting with rhythms and new time signatures, there’s definitely some bigger arrangements on there to, title track and opener ‘All Lost Time’ a classic example of this.
Lyrically I felt a theme emerged on the album, making sense of how things have got to now, the present. I suppose a couple of books had an influence on this: ‘A Visit From The Goon Squad‘ by Jennifer Egan as well as ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen.
Who are your main influences? What else inspires you?
I’d say some formative influences of the band are The Beatles, The Monks, The Kinks, 60s Nuggets bands. More recently for this album: Talking Heads, Grizzly Bear, Dave Brubeck, Radiohead ‘In Rainbows’, Dirty Projectors, Local Natives, Bill Callahan to name a few. I find new music incredibly inspiring, I’m constantly hungry for new sounds and songs. Imagery, places and feelings inspire me as well to want to pick up the guitar, sing and let it all out.
What are you working on now?
Writing wise we’re taking a bit of a pause at the moment as we’re essentially self releasing the record. This has taken up a lot of our time presently. Next year though I plan to hermit myself away and write. It has been good though to have had a pause and reflect on how to possibly re-approach things for the future. I’m hungry to write but its been good to be just working on getting our new album out there, to get it heard and hopefully enjoyed by people.
Are you touring now? When/where?
We’ve been gigging a lot in London at the moment, our next show will be on the 13th December at The Islington.
In the past we’ve been lucky to have toured a lot in Europe, Germany and France in particular, we’ve also played in Russia and Japan as well. We’re hoping to revisit some of these places again soon with the new album.
What can people expect at your live gigs?
Great energy, no messing about, delivering the best show we can to whoever is seeing us play. We’ve played nearly 600 shows together, I never want to let a crowd down no matter how small or big, I know the great joy it is when you see a great live performance. For me it’s the reward from writing and recording, the chance to present to people what you’ve been labouring and working on in the most real way possible.
Where can people check out your music?
Our new record ‘All Lost Time’ is available to stream here on Bandcamp:
For vinyl fans we’re selling it on our webpage: http://www.thebishopsband.com/shop.html