Trademark unison vocals, poetic lyricism, and effortlessly nuanced musicianship: these are the defining assets of the Bishop Boys, a young musical duo who are studiously redefining the singer-songwriter genre.
In their latest 2020 single “Gin & Tonic”, The Bishop Boys take us back to the glory of endless summer with nostalgic guitar riffs and anthemic hooks. The single’s official video shows the duo’s maiden voyage in a WWI-era biplane above the Detroit River - a nod to the band’s namesake, the Canadian WWI flying ace Billy Bishop.
As players who cut their teeth on jazz from a young age, the musical range of Austin Di Pietro and Andrew Adoranti is staggering - easily eclipsing entire eras of music history, from pop standards to R&B, from indie and folk to funk and soul. Beyond their shared musical sensibility is an authentic camaraderie born out of late-night jam sessions and a special creative synergy: two-likeminded friends who met in high school and connected instantly. After five years of developing their sound behind closed doors, The Bishop Boys emerged as a full-fledged 11-piece band fronted by the duo, immediately selling out venues and showcasing at festivals across the Windsor-Essex region.
With their debut 2018 single “Might Be Alright” and their 2020 Pelee Island EP, the Bishop Boys are building a catalogue of Canadian folk-rock that effortlessly evokes the good feelings of carefree summer nights, sing-alongs that last until dawn, and the complex euphoria of young love. Like their lyrics, their distinctive sound exudes a feeling of warmth, reminiscent of groups like Chicago and The Band, that makes these thoughtful songs easy to vibe with.
Di Pietro and Adoranti, as University-trained players, are sought-after session musicians and regular fixtures in the Windsor music community, appearing often as band members of numerous projects and theatrical productions, but are perhaps best known as core players of Windsor jazz ensemble, the Coffee House Combo, who, prior to the pandemic, held the longest-running residency at the nationally acclaimed music venue Phog Lounge. The duo are at work on their first full-length album, to be released in 2021.
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