A band which lets their music do all the talking, UK noise manipulators Bishop have made a startling introduction with their debut EP Inside The Whale We Saw Ourselves. They are a quintet from Birmingham featuring ex- members of Ghostmaker, Kafka, Pariah, Red Eye Militia, and How The Dead Live! and that is about all we can reveal about the band, oh and the fact that their first release is a carnivorous treat which leaves thoughts ignited and hungry. It is a masterful corrosive confrontation, a release and sound which in the words of their invitational email to check out their release is ‘Born from the same cow as our Brum buddies Bovine….only with schizophrenic dirge thrown in to every part of the mix’. The EP is very much from the sonic disruption as the recent Bovine album, but with a distinct imagination and rapaciousness stands apart whilst simultaneously suggesting that Bishop have the invention to make an equally inspiring impact as their fellow noise alchemists.
Opening track Lessons Learned On Re-Entry instantly winds itself around the ear with sonic lassos of sound, rhythms making a schizophrenic dance within their tantalising searing. Immediately senses and thoughts are plastered with intense imagination and caustic provocation with an acidic groove coring it all to ensure it is an overwhelming enticement. The instantaneous persuasion is impossible to resist and once securing submission allows a brawling abrasiveness from the harsh squalling vocals of John Baker and antagonistic maelstrom of riffs and rhythms to have their turn. It is a brief assault though soon joined by a great melodic turn to the vocals from Baker and assisted by those of guitarist Charlie Smith. Though still intensive the song has a calmer embrace to its tempest but again and as proven throughout song and EP, there is never more than a breaths worth of time that things stand still and the track explores further multiple textures and avenues, all predatory and all ingeniously fused together.
It is a tremendous start soon equalled by the following Manaconda!. The rabidity of the sonic abuse carving out the song’s narrative to start things off is delicious, the guitars of Smith and Steve Styles sculpting an aggressive and gripping net. As the drums of Matt Reay cast their own resonating frame over things within which the bass of Sam Trinder prowls and snarls with pure venom, the guitars leave sabres swipes of metallic heat across the emerging doomy atmosphere and primal torrents of sound and enterprise. At times it is like a lumbering beast but one equipped with moments of savage eruptions, sinews sending sonic waves caustically across the senses and the rhythms taking disorientating swipes to conjure towering heights to the persistently debilitation encounter.
Attention Evil Henchman completes the line-up of sonic gorging, guttural serpentine vocals scathing in breath and intent riding a blaze of synapse fusing and senses bewitching inventiveness. Like its predecessors the song twists and flares from start to finish with swiftly moving ideas and exhausting intensity, the fatiguing experience and inventive craft simply irresistible and inciting for emotions and appetite.
Sadly the release is a mere trio of tracks to leave hunger irritable but eager to press play once again. Such the strength and creative potency of the tracks there is nothing less than full satisfaction and pleasure gained, the skill and invention of each band member forging a sound which is as experimental and vital as it is pestiferous and mind twisting. Bishop is a band set to make a deep and rich impression on extreme music and aural sculpting. Grab the free download of Inside The Whale We Saw Ourselves EP and be there at the start.
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