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Bishop Briggs @ The Fonda 10/30/16. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Bishop Briggs @ The Fonda 10/30/16. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

When I saw Bishop Briggs’ name between Kaleo and The Wind + The Wave for set-times at The Fonda,  I wondered whether her brand of electro-pop would fit within the context of the opening (Americana) and headlining (folk rock) acts. After all, her dark synth sounds seem like it would be better suited opening up for the likes of someone like Skylar Grey or Banks. Frankly speaking, I didn’t think it would work. I was wrong.

Don’t let the heavy synths, electronically programmed beats and electronic dance music stage production fool you. Bishop Briggs’ has got the pipes and passion of a hard hitting blues rocker. I wish there was an app that could strip away instrumentation from a recording, leaving only the vocals stems, because then you could hear what I heard. I truly think that you could easily replace the synths with an acoustic backing band, and have an equally impressive blues rock song instead of a synthpop song.

I think that’s why Bishop Briggs was added to this bill. I have the feeling that the talent booker heard what I heard and knew that her set would be a great way to infuse some adrenaline into the evening. With big, booming bass and drums, and her rich, powerful voice wailing along, Bishop Briggs brilliantly walked the tightrope between electronica and rock and roll, never once alienating any of the crowd who came to the show for the headliner. A fantastic performance by an exciting new artist. I can’t wait to see her again.

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