Sir Richard Bishop – While My Guitar Violently Bleeds (Locust) 2007

Oh Lord this is good. I’ve just come back from a weekend away in the mountains with the kid, the long suffering partner, and three friends with extremely questionable music taste (for Australian readers think Cat Empire). Unfortunately for them and fortunately for me, the  only music available while we consumed fucking abysmal Queensland wine and ate exquisite local cheese was the tunes on my ipod broadcast out of one of those flash Bose Sound Docks. It was a tricky audience and I had to tread carefully. Yo La Tengo and Shins were no brainers, I got away with some Ramones (mainly because my two year old sings the  chorus  “The KKK Took My Baby Away” and that kid is freaking cute) but the  real surprise was the  nods of approval at putting this tremendous avant garde, improvised guitar record on. I thought it was a bit of a stretch when I first queued it up, but reflecting on the sublime ethno-improv, acoustic guitar workout there is no wonder it was so popular. 

It has all the  qualities of what makes the  Sun City girls (Bishop’s first band) such a fantastically exciting band to get into. I’m always a bit dubious of the whole improvised mantle but this  has certainly put those fears to rest. 

2 Responses to “Sir Richard Bishop – While My Guitar Violently Bleeds (Locust) 2007”

  1. Gave this a listen a couple weeks ago. The first and third tracks are great. The second song gave me a headache, which is still an achievement, I suppose.

    The censored version of the album art is hilarious, too!

  2. my favorite bishop track is “meera” from salvador kali, it is the perfect album closer

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