Bishop Allen

The new Bishop Allen record, Lights Out, is here at last. Here's what went into it: ten years, three full-lengths, twelve EPs, thousands of shows, a move out of Brooklyn, a new home in the wooly wilds of Kingston, NY, time off to score the films Bully and Mutual Friends, as well as an Anderson Cooper 360 special, months of demos, drum tracking in a sweat-lodge attic studio during a July heat wave, a wet Fall arranging guitars, bass, and synths in a now-chilly attic studio, the coldest December on record spent mixing, a close call with a frozen pipe and flooded hard drives, and a photo found on a friend's refrigerator. Here's what you do with it: Check the weather. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you've still got some summer left--the bittersweet tail end of it. Get yourself invited to some cookouts, or throw one, and if you still have it in you to get a little drunk or otherwise shut off any sense of responsibility, go for that. Play this record at that event. You don't have to listen too closely--it sounds great & you're going to have fun with it and feel good. Hey! you'll say, I wish we had this record at the beginning of the summer! Couple weeks later, summer's over. Responsibility is creeping back in. Driving home from the last party of the season, you keep the record rolling in the car, like you're huffing the last fumes of this night...and now you quiet down & some of the haze in your mind clears...Listen to what this guy's singing. And realize that this record is not what you thought it was at all. Goddamnit! Bait-and-switch! These songs are downright melancholic! "It is a narrowing, it is a shrinking..." "I was so cold..." "How long until the next defeat?..." "Go on, black hole, and tear the sky to pieces..." Jesus, that's just how a few of these songs begin. Was he really singing that all along? Stick with me, this is the crucial part. We've experienced our thesis (party) and our antithesis (the abyss). Go home, drink plenty of fluids, survive tomorrow's hangover...and when you're ready, start to wrap your head around the synthesis. It's not just a stunt--it's not like they're putting Rammstein lyrics to the tune of "Love Shack" & having a sophomoric chuckle over it. Nah. Listen again, think back, and realize...through every one of those cookouts...deep into every laughter-filled late night...surrounded by the best friends you'll ever have...well, damn if that sadness and weariness he's talking about weren't right there with you all that whole time. Damn if he wasn't transcribing the thoughts you didn't even realize you were having. Turns out the good and the bad, your youth and your aging--what's left of them both--were inseparable. So the record is still fun too! Put it on and dance around your kitchen. Grow 43 minutes older once again and be grateful you spent them how you did. Here's who worked on Lights Out: Justin Rice (vocals, guitar, synths), Michael Tapper (drums, backing vocals, synths), Darbie Nowatka (vocals), Dave Lerner (bass, additional guitar, backing vocals), Christian Rudder (additional guitar), Matthew Cullen (additional guitar), Eli Walker (additional bass), Ken Cook (backing vocals), Anne Cunningham (backing vocals), and Jon Natchez (horns). It was produced and mixed by Matthew Cullen in Bishop Allen's hometown of Kingston, NY.

ALBUM RELEASE // Bishop Allen ‘Lights Out’ Now Available Worldwide, On Tour Now





Bishop Allen’s new record Lights Out is now out worldwide on Dead Oceans.

A follow-up to 2009’s Grrr…, the new album continues to showcase the band’s catchy songs and beautiful pop arrangements. Preview the new album now by watching the videos for “Why I Had To Go” and “Start Again”above or listen to a few tracks off the record on Soundcloud.

Purchase new album Lights Out via SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

Critics praise the new album:

“this joyous incredibly infectious new single from the record, appropriately titled ‘Start Again,’ is a good indication the upcoming album will be worth the wait”

- NPR Music

“The glorious indie-pop band is back with the perfect summer song”

- USA Today

“addictive”

- KEXP

“wonderful”

- PASTE

BISHOP ALLEN ON TOUR:
[Get tickets here: deadoceans.com/tour]

Aug. 20 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
Aug. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
Aug. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Aug. 23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Aug. 24 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Aug. 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Aug. 26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
Aug. 28 – New Orleans, LA @ The Beatnik
Aug. 29 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea Cafe
Aug. 30 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
Aug. 31 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Sept. 1 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
Sept. 2 – Kansas City, MO Czar Bar
Sept. 3 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Sept. 4 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Sept. 6 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Sept. 7 – Columbus, OH @ Treehouse
Sept. 8 – Akron, OH @ Musica
Sept. 26 – Bloomington, IN Back Door Bar
Sept. 27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival
Sept. 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Oct. 2 – Seattle, WI @ Lofi
Oct. 3 – Spokane, WA The Bartlett
Oct. 4 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Oct. 5 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Oct. 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
Oct. 8 – Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
Oct. 10 – Denver, CO The Hi-Dive

WATCH // Bishop Allen “Why I Had To Go” Via Billboard Premiere, Tour Dates Start 8/16



Two weeks out from the release of Lights Out, Bishop Allen is back with a video for “Why I Had to Go” the second single off the new album via Billboard premiere. The video directors Chad Smith and Bishop Allen’s Justin Rice chose hula-hooping not only because the song is about (to quote the lyrics), “the endless repetition of an action,” but also because it gave people something mesmerizing and all-consuming to focus on, which meant they weren’t self-conscious in front of the camera.  The goal was to capture natural expressions of innate personality, and to do it in slow motion. Watch the entrancing video above or here on YouTube / Vevo.

Pre-order the new album Lights Out via SC Distribution for the deluxe bundle which includes limited-edition white vinyl, a CD, downloads, + a hand-screened glow-in-the-dark poster. You can also get the album on iTunes, Amazon, or at your local record store.

The band plays Kingston on the 16th and Boston on the 20th before returning to Brooklyn for their record release show at Glasslands on August 21st to start off the first of many tour dates supporting the new album. More dates will be announced soon.

BISHOP ALLEN TOUR DATES:
[Get tickets here: deadoceans.com/tour]

Aug. 16 – Kingston, NY @ Chronogram Block Party
Aug. 20 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
Aug. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
Aug. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Aug. 23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Aug. 24 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Aug. 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Aug. 26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
Aug. 28 – New Orleans, LA @ The Beatnik
Aug. 29 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea Cafe
Aug. 30 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
Aug. 31 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Sept. 1 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
Sept. 2 – Kansas City, MO Czar Bar
Sept. 3 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Sept. 4 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Sept. 6 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Sept. 7 – Columbus, OH @ Treehouse
Sept. 8 – Akron, OH @ Musica
Sept. 26 – Bloomington, IN Back Door Bar
Sept. 27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival
Sept. 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Oct. 2 – Seattle, WI @ Lofi
Oct. 3 – Spokane, WA The Bartlett
Oct. 4 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Oct. 5 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Oct. 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
Oct. 8 – Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
Oct. 10 – Denver, CO The Hi-Dive

LISTEN // Bishop Allen Share “Why I Had To Go” Via Noisey Premiere, New Album Out August 19th




You may have heard Bishop Allen makes their triumphant return with their first album in 5 years out August 19th. We already previewed the new album’s first track “Start Again”, and today Noisey premiered a second track from the album, “Why I Had To Go”. More than catchy, the new song will hopefully hold you over until mid-August. Hear the track above or hear it on our Soundcloud / YouTube.

Pre-order the new album Lights Out via SC Distribution for the deluxe bundle which includes limited-edition white vinyl, a CD, downloads, + a hand-screened glow-in-the-dark poster. You can also get the album on iTunes, Amazon, or at your local record store.

The band returns to Brooklyn for their record release show at Glasslands on August 21st to start off the first of many tour dates supporting the new album. More dates will be announced soon.

BISHOP ALLEN TOUR DATES:
[Get tickets here: deadoceans.com/tour ]
Sat. Aug. 16 – Kingston, NY @ Chronogram Block Party
Wed. Aug. 20 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
Thu. Aug. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
Fri. Aug. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. Aug. 23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Sun. Aug. 24 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Mon. Aug. 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Tue. Aug. 26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
Thu. Aug. 28 – New Orleans, LA @ The Beatnik
Fri. Aug. 29 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea Cafe
Sat. Aug. 30 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
Sun. Aug. 31 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Mon. Sept. 1 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
Wed. Sept. 3 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Thu. Sept. 4 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Sat. Sept. 6 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Sun. Sept. 7 – Columbus, OH @ Treehouse
Mon, Sept. 8 – Akron, OH @ Musica
Sat. Sept. 27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival
Sun. Sept. 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Thu. Oct. 2 – Seattle, WI @ Lofi
Sat. Oct. 4 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sun. Oct. 5 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Tue. Oct. 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
Wed. Oct. 8 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Fri. Oct. 10 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Bishop Allen Announces New Album “Lights Out” Out August 19th, Listen to “Start Again” Now


So excited to reveal the new Bishop Allen record Lights Out will be out August 19th on Dead Oceans.

A follow-up to 2009’s Grrr…, the new album continues to showcase the band’s catchy songs and beautiful pop arrangements. Get a preview of the new album now by listening to the first track “Start Again” above or on our YouTube/Soundcloud.

Pre-order the new album Lights Out via SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

On the new single, NPR Music’s All Songs says:

“this joyous, incredibly infectious new single from the record, appropriately titled ‘Start Again,’ is a good indication the upcoming album will be worth the wait.”

Produced and mixed by Matthew Cullen in Bishop Allen‘s hometown of Kingston, NY the new album includes Justin Rice (vocals, guitar, synths), Michael Tapper (drums, backing vocals, synths), Darbie Nowatka (vocals), Dave Lerner (bass, additional guitar, backing vocals), Christian Rudder (additional guitar), Matthew Cullen (additional guitar), Eli Walker (additional bass), Ken Cook (backing vocals), Anne Cunningham (backing vocals), and Jon Natchez (horns).

The band has fall tour dates coming soon but for now you can see them on August 21st at Glasslands in NYC for their album release party. Get tickets and more information here.

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