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LAist Interview: Justin Rice of Bishop Allen

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No one could accuse Bishop Allen of being a slothful band. In 2006 these New Yorkers pumped out 12 EPs, one for every month of the year. They're in Los Angeles tonight at the Echo in support of their latest album The Broken String. Their brainy pop (or as I like to call it brop) has been drawing admiration from far and wide. With their catchy hooks and thoughtful lyrics they're a pop band that you can embrace without the slightest twinge of guilt. These guys are going places. Founding member, Justin Rice was kind enough to talk to us yesterday.

I was looking at your press photos. How did they get you into those pigeon costumes?

Justin: We convinced ourselves. We had these pigeons suits lying around and we wanted to use ‘em.

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Where the heck did you get them?

Justin: I was in a movie one time that called for giant pigeons. It was a dream sequence. After the shoot was done, we got to keep them.

Wow, you’re set for Halloween for life.

Justin: Totally.

What would Bishop Allen’s spirit animal be?

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Justin: Oh probably pigeons, actually. We’re city dwellers. We’re urban sophicates like the pigeons.

I hear you guys met in school in Boston. What made you did you decide to form a band?

Justin: Oh, I dunno.

Was it the chicks? Or the drugs?

Justin: (laughs) It was the chicks! Definitely the chicks. No, really we just have lots of nervous energy and need some sort of release. So we just pick up a lot of instruments and hit stuff. If you make a habit out of it you usually wind up in a band. .