GRRR... (DEAD OCEANS)
BISHOP ALLEN builds upon the extraordinary first years of their career with "Grrr...". The band fronted by Justin Rice and Christian Rudder is best known for making and self-releasing an EP each month for an entire year, then reworking some of the best songs for a highly acclaimed label debut ("The Broken String").
The rigorous EP project, and the extensive touring that has followed it, have allowed BISHOP ALLEN to hone their craft: writing, performing and recording music.
The resulting album, "Grrr...", reveals that after five years of comparisons to other artists like Jonathan Richman, The Kinks, Bright Eyes and Spoon, BISHOP ALLEN has developed an artistry and sound that are unmistakably their own.
One thing that distinguishes BISHOP ALLEN's music is the quality of the writing. Each of the 13 tracks comprising "Grrr..." is a succinct composition, and yet the album also coheres seamlessly as a cycle of song.
The melody and/or rhythm of one track is often contiguous with the next. As always, Rice and Rudder are responsible not only for the writing, but the lion's share of the playing and the recording: the guitars, pianos, marimbas, ukeleles and vocals.
And, as before, Darbie Nowatka shares in the singing. Otherwise, the album features contributions from a numbers of their friends: drums and percussion by Michael Tapper, horns by Jon Natchez and Kelly Pratt, and strings by Daniel Hart.
Bryce Goggin (PAVEMENT, THE APPLES IN STEREO, LUNA, SEBADOH) offered the band some invaluable production tips and, at his famed Trout Recording studio in Brooklyn, recorded the drums and mixed the album.