Continuing our campaign to get recognition for local bands we feature heavy five-piece outfit Bishop. These guys like things loud and, judging by their latest video, messy. They also like having a Subway next to their practice studio and raising money for charity. Oh yeah, they’re also pretty darn great..
Formed in 2011 the current line-up is: : Jon Baker: Vocals ,Steve Styles: Guitar, Sam Trinder: Bass , Matt Reay: Drums an Charlie Smith: Guitar & vocals. Their influences are mainly adjectives: Loud. Slow. Fast. Quiet. Up. Down. Mainly Loud
What’s the story of the band? How did you form and what do you count as your biggest achievements so far?
Matt: The band originally started as me, Steve and Charlie just working on these crazy songs Steve had. He’d email us these ludicrous demos and then we would meet up to decode all his riffs and build arrangements up. It stayed that way for a good year or so before Jon and Sam joined. Our first gig wasn’t until two years after we formed due to a few setbacks, going through different lineup changes and committing so much time to just getting it right. The fact we managed to keep it together through all that is probably one of our biggest achievements.
What has been the best thing that has happened to the band since you formed?
Matt: Discovering a branch of Subway next to our rehearsal room has been most beneficial.
Steve: As well as digesting a Foot long Spicy Italian Sub in a small enclosed sweaty rehearsal room, having a good end product out there for people to discover has been pretty awesome and was one of our main aims, with the EP which we’re very proud of and the video which has been really popular so far we’re well on our way to achieving it.
When and where did you play your first show?
Matt: We played a Carnage Club show in Stourbridge a little over a year ago with Seal Clubber, New Alaska and Sperare.
How did it go?
Matt: The way most bands’ first gigs go. The build-up was not so much enjoyable as it was stressful.
Steve: Many things contributed to that day going as awkwardly as it could have done. Once the nervous, sea legs had gone it was a pretty good gig. There was lots of beard stroking which I’m taking as a good sign people were enjoying our set.
What’s the biggest show you’ve played so far?
Matt: The biggest in terms of reaction was probably a show we did at a lock up in Wolverhampton with Woman, Bad Apes and More Bad. We’d never played a lock up show before so it was a new thing for us to see people in all corners of the room doing “riff faces” at us.
What is your favourite venue in Birmingham to play?
Matt: There are plenty we haven’t played yet
What does the immediate future hold for the band?
Matt: We released our EP physically last year and made a video for the track “Manaconda!”. The video was a bloody and messy experience that is hopefully reflected in the finished product. We are also working towards an album which we will hopefully get recorded very soon. Apart from that the plan is to continue being ourselves and to carry on writing music that pleases us and our unremarkable haircuts.
Apart from yourselves, what other unsigned West Midlands band(s) should we keep an eye out for?
Matt: More Bad were a great band from Stourbridge who have since split. But they did release some tracks and make a video so I’d encourage people to go searching.
Steve: There’s so many good bands around at the moment. Sealclubber, The band we did our first gig with are ace. Opium Lord, Hordes and Bovine are all bands I’m really into at the moment.
If you could have any band/artist cover one of your songs, who would you want to do it and what song would suit them best?
Matt: Ladysmith Black Mambazo covering “You And He Were Buddies”. Paul Simon would have to make it happen though. He knows people.
Steve: Brian Blessed doing ‘’Cape Song’’. As if that track could get any more heroic.
Bishop — the links effect
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