Bishop Allen- March EP

By Stephen Paulin

Published on Friday, April 28, 2006

Bishop Allen are an as of yet unsigned indie pop band who combine jangly guitars with catchy choruses, and from this release it’s hard to see why a major label hasn’t decided to sign them up yet. March is the third of a series of twelve EPs that the band will release throughout the course of the year, with a new set of four songs to be released every month. The band have only so far released one full length record, their debut in 2003, called Charm School, although they are rumoured to be releasing a new album in the near future, possibly under the name Clemetines.

The first of the four songs is called The History of Excuses, and it opens the record with a quick bit of drumming before a quick guitar solo. It’s a rockier song than Bishop Allen usually perform, and is an apt opener to the record. Next is The Monitor which is again an unusual song for the normally poppier Bishop Allen. It is quite an artistic song with just drums and bass at the start. However it seems that it begins to drag around halfway through the song when it then again picks up the listeners interest. Suddenly is the third of four songs, it is a very relaxed slow song, and fits the time of March, as it is spring expressed through music. the vocals are excellent. Winter Coat closes the record but opens with a cough from one of the band members reminding you that this is recorded quite quickly and they as of yet remain unsigned, yet their music is brilliantly produced in a way that it sounds excellent but intimate. It bursts into song following the cough and continues for the two and a half minutes, with short breaks for various minor solos. The song sounds great and makes the record memorable by finishing it so fittingly.

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