Bishop Allen is a band that puts their music first. Black on black, well-manipulated bed head and skinny jeans just aren’t on their list of priorities. This came through loud and clear at Thursday’s day show hosted by Birds Barbershop on South Lamar.
This Brooklyn-based foursome has been on my list to go see ever hearing their debut album, Charm School, for the first time. I was blown away by their ability to write tracks that are to be taken seriously yet, at the same time, lure even the most hardened indie music fan into a blissful sing-along. Luckily recent lineup changes have not affected their carefree sound. Justin Rice and Christian Rudder continue to be the Elmer’s that hold them together. The sound was spot on. Their movements were honest. And they smiled a lot. This goes back to my first comment – they just love the music.
Seeing and hearing their female vocalist gave me a few welcomed shivers. It reminded me of the way I felt the first time I saw Juliana Hatfield sing alongside Evan Dando at Austin’s now defunct Liberty Lunch. Who the hell is this chick? Why are my teenage knees all of the sudden very wobbly? Why isn’t every band set up like this? Where do I sign up for more?
For those who missed yesterday’s show, be sure to catch Bishop Allen today at 4:15 at the Mohawk. Otherwise, just hit up iTunes every month for the rest of the year. The band is self-releasing an EP every month until 2007. So, let’s do the math on that. Four tracks per disc. Twelve months. That’s 48 new tracks in the span of a year. And I thought Ryan Adams was prolific.
posted by Prentice Howe