The Bishops Head West

David Wells
The Monday night audience at the Louisiana in Bristol is a bit sparse for London three piece, The Bishops. Despite this they blast through a 45-minute set of material from both their albums including recent singles “If You Leave Today” and “City Lights.” All the way through a rather drunk punter has been shouting for “The only place I can look is down,” but, ironically, he was downstairs in the bar when it was played. Despite some less than enthusiastic reviews of their new album The Bishops are well worth catching live.

The rest of the bill is made up of local acts, Pete Stilwell formerly of Bristol band The Francos and Santa Dog. The latter are a female fronted outfit a little like the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, or even Sleeper. Singer Rowena Dugdale is prone to yelping during songs and they seem to push the sound system to the max, but the songs are enjoyable and in Rob Williams they have an excellent guitarist.

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