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Bishop Allen began as the pet project of a pair of Harvard classmates, Justin Rice and Christian Rudder. Their first album, a home-recorded and self-released effort entitled Charm School featured 13 cleverly written, winningly unassuming numbers that borrowed from the hushed, hyper literate aesthetic of Belle and Sebastian and the canny power-pop of independent outfits like The Clean and the Bats. In an effort to broaden their sound and transform their modest bedroom-recording project into a band proper, Rice and Rudder spent 2006 recording and releasing material at the breakneck pace of one EP per month. The resulting recordings far surpassed anything the group had previously released and are collected on this two-volume set, which rivals projects like Stephin Merritt’s 69 Love Songs for its sheer ambition and delightful precocity. Though the group’s musical reference points remain unchanged, tunes “The Envy of the Bees” mine the mannered slightly disheveled pop of groups like the Soft Boys and The Magnetic Fields to far greater effect than anything on Charm School. Volume Two of The EP Collection compiles the last five EPs in the series, though compositions that were eventually re-recorded for the group’s sophomore full-length The Broken String are not included on this collection.

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Greatest Song Ever. "Sirhan Sirhan had such good aim!"


Amazing, amazing, amazing! If you like their music, check out this album as well as vol 1. "People You Meet" is such a great song!

Hooray! Bishop Allen!

Okay first things first... Just click "Buy Album" so it can be downloading while you are reading this. Bishop Allen is a terrific band. They are excellent songwriters, and superb lyricists. Their music is super catchy and will for sure put a smile on your face! They are the types of people that love music, and do it for no other reason. And they are the types that will sincerely appreciate your support. So support them! Then get your friends to!


Formed: 2003 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Brooklyn by way of Boston indie rock quartet Bishop Allen formed in 2003 around core members Justin Rice and Christian Rudder. The group (the two longtime friends are joined by a rotating cast of musicians) takes its name from Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge, MA, the street where Rice and Rudder used to reside. Bishop Allen released the largely self-recorded Charm School in 2003 and were quiet on the recordings front until 2006, when they released an EP each month. The records were sold on their...
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