Bishops Collar - Bishops Collar
Record Label: None
Release Date: October 23, 2007
Bishops Collar (intentional omission of apostrophe), a Port Huron, MI, quartet specializing in guitar-driven indie rock bursting with hooks and melodies.
How is it?
Inconsistent. Bishops Collar clearly know how to write good, catchy hooks with interesting instrumental parts, as the first song, "Soft Shoe," proves without a doubt. This song is the best on the EP. Of note are the tasteful and fun flourishes of lead guitar added by guitarist Adam Nolin, which accentuate the rhythm. The guitar solo after the bridge is also a fun treat, even if it is a bit buried in the production. Overall, the song is a success; it's heavy on the rock, and gets right to the point without any unnecessary pomp. The next song, "Show Some Teeth," is another story; it overindulges in a repetitive lead line that is annoyingly shrill, and the song itself is just not pleasant to the ear. "Boy" is catchy and fun, though not up to the standard set by "Soft Shoe," and "Outlasted" is a fairly straightforward midtempo number with nothing special to offer. The final song, "Lake Effect," is downright maudlin. The song itself could fit right in on a Nickelback album, and it shows absolutely none of the potential the rest of the EP offers. It leaves the listener with the worst impression of a band that has the skills to write solid and catchy songs. Bishops Collar, with some focus, could write a solid rock album; until that focus is achieved, though, they will continue to dwell in hazy sonic inconsistency.