Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Band Profile: The Bishops!

Like most people right now, we at Bands & Books HQ are busy decking the halls with bells of holly, but we took a few moments out to post a preview of our Christmas Special headliner, the Bishops:

Heralding from London, the band consist of twin brothers Mike Bishop (vocals, guitar) Pete Bishop (vocals, bass), younger brother Alex Bishop (vocals, guitar) and Scotsman Chris McConville (drums). Originally a three piece (Alex joined at the end of 2009) the band recorded their self-titled debut album 'The Bishops' at the infamous Toe Rag Studios, produced by creative analogue genius Liam Watson. This was released internationally in 2007 and followed up with their second album 'For Now' in 2009. Later that year the band celebrated their 500th gig at the historic 100 club in London.

Since then the band have grown from a three piece to a four piece lineup, welcoming younger brother Alex Bishop into the band. This year they released an EP 'Sojourn', their first material together. It marked a departure from the prominent garage/beat sound of their first two records into a more contemporary and alternative direction. The band are currently recording a brand new album which looks set for release next year. At the Bands & Books Xmas party the band will be playing new songs from their forthcoming album!

As is customary, we wanted to find out what's in the bishop's library, they gave us the following tidbits:

Mike: I've enjoyed recently 'The Master & Margherita' by Mikhail Bulgakov as well as 'Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck being one of my all-time favourites.
Pete: Favourite book 'Tropic of Cancer' Henry Miller. Curently reading 'We' by Yevgeny Zamyatin.
Chris: Highway to Hell 'The Life and Times of Bon Scott'
Alex: Favourite fiction book: 'Ocean, Sea' by Alessandro Baricco, Favourite non fiction book: 'The Van Gogh Letters' by the man himself! 

We are thrilled about our Christmas special lineup, and have some more acts to brag about yet, so watch this space!  See you on the 16th December at the Victoria from 8pm!

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