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The Bishops

The Only Place I Can Look Is Down

(iamsound; US: 4 Aug 2006; UK: 5 Jun 2006)

A lot of people wish that there were still truly innovative bands out there, like the Beatles, changing their sound with every release.  Some bands have decided that the best way to overcome this problem is simply to imitate the Beatles whole-heartedly.  Hell, it worked for Oasis, so why not a scrappy young British trio calling themselves the Bishops?  Yet what that group doesn’t realize is that Oasis managed to capitalize on the Lennon-McCartney dynamic and make it wide-screen and cinematic, perfect for their peak late ‘90s alternative audience.  The Bishops are doing nothing more than trying to re-write “Help!” over and over again.  Their debut American release, The Only Place I Can Look is Down has not a single original note, idea, or second that’s worth mentioning.  Sure, the chord changes of “In the Night” could have been replicated during an Ed Sullivan broadcast, but the throngs of screaming girls wouldn’t have been very impressed.  No band is ever required to be innovative, but it doesn’t hurt if they try at least something relatively inventive.  A better idea?  Go see a Beatles tribute band—it’ll sound more authentic.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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