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Monday 25 July 2022

The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club - Please Stand By


It's been three years since End Over End, an album that made the IDHAS Top 20 in the Year End Review. The Chicago quartet offer up great Pop Rock somewhere between UK Glam Rock and Power Pop and they do it so well.

Songs change direction at rapid speed and are beautifully played. The talent is obvious and when that Glam kicks in, it is a wonderful thing, particularly on a song like Tremor Control II which reminds me a little of Book Early era City Boy.

Pony Up is a fantastic opener and the riffs generally abound splendidly, but something is missing across the 12 songs and it is the lack of choruses, The band are compared to Cheap Trick a lot and you can easily see why, but what Cheap Trick do offer up, even on the patchiest album, is great choruses,

Please Stand By is the opposite. There is no doubt how good The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club are and the playing here is absolutely top notch. But the majority of songs sound a bit fragmented and therefore lack the cohesion of End Over End.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


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