"Why I Had to Go" by Bishop Allen // Lights Out (Out 8.19.14 via Dead Oceans)

It’s been a handful of years since Bishop Allen dropped an album, and thankfully, that came to an end today with the release of their new full length, Lights Out. A few weeks back, the band dropped the lovely, nostalgic pop gem, “Why I Had to Go”. I didn’t get around to writing it up then, but with today’s release, it’s as good a time as any to take a stroll back through the wistful world of folk pop by-way-of synth pop. The band’s frontman, Justin Rice has said that the track is inspired by the feeling he was getting when he would return to New York City after having moved upstate - that feeling of sweet nostalgia that only lasts as long as it takes to remember the reasons that you moved on in the first place. That is certainly a feeling in which I can relate. So, hit play and check out one of the prettier tracks to come down the aisle in months. Highly recommended. 


Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Bishop Allen (NY)
Stephen Konrads and the Eternals
The Dazies

Middle East | Downstairs | Cambridge, MA
$12 | 8pm | 18+

RSVP: here.


Bishop Allen - Chronogram Block Party in Kington, New York


"Start Again" - 0:08

Snippet of “Rain” / beach balls being thrown around - 3:53

Part of “Busted Heart” - 4:34

"Middle Management" - 5:53


Bishop Allen poster signed by Justin Rice, Darbie Nowatka, and Michael Tapper!


Me with Darbie Nowatka and Justin Rice who are members of Bishop Allen, my favorite band! 


Bishop Allen. The Icon. 09.27.07.

Lights Out, its first new record in five years, is out Tuesday.


All the rad things I got while in Kingston, New York!


False Starts is our continuing series where an artist writes about the bands they were in before their current band, the unknown early bands they got their start in before forming the current one. Justin Rice of Brooklyn, NY’s Bishop Allen wrote this installment. Bishop Allen was formed by Rice and Christian Rudder in 2003. The band’s long-awaited new album, Lights Out, their first in five years, is due out August 19th on Dead Oceans.

(via False Starts: Bishop Allen’s Justin Rice on His Early Bands | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)


Simultaneously sophisticated and playful, the 12 songs on Bishop Allen's Lights Out sound both easy and fussed-over.

Stream Lights Out from NPR Music’s First Listen


Our new video for “Why I Had to Go” is mesmerizing! 

The record comes out August 19.  Pre-order it now: