Friday night, the Fine Line Music Café is packed for what will be an awesome first tour for a pigtailed feisty singer. And despite having two major hits and a sold out show in a music savvy Minneapolis, almost none of my own friends knew Bishop Briggs by name. One response even saying “wait, that’s the new country guy isn’t it?”, no children it isn’t. Now is the time to get acquainted with Bishop because she is on a mission and has the energy to get where she wants. Unlike my friends listeners of radio station GO96MN do have a clue and her popularity with that station led to GO96 sponsoring the show and tagging it one of their GO Shows.
Opener numero uno at Fine Line Was a guy who, as often happens to openers, I had no idea about and so seeing a DJ like setup on the stage made me skeptical. Here we go yet again, some guy who’s parents got him garage band in high school and he’s got a couple catchy beats. I was cynical, until a couple tracks in when he broke out a violin and mixed it seamlessly in with a laid back electronic beat comprised of a couple simple loops. The easiest way to give you the reader an idea of what Manatee Commune is all about is think Pretty Lights, but chill rainy day type vibes instead of a Matrix soundtrack feel. I am not usually into the Indie Pop/Chill Electronic music I come across and remain on the fence about Manatee but I did really enjoy the sort of rising energy he brought to open the evening up. I’ll be curious to see when I see him next and what his sound is then.
I was a bit distracted working my way through a sea of cell phones in a sold out venue, but once I was done shooting for the most part, Bishop got to one of my personal favorites, The Fire. On that topic I should say for you all reading if you don’t know Bishop or you only know her hits (River and Wild Horses) you need to listen to The Fire, Pray, and Be Your Love. The Fire, why this song has so few hits on Spotify and YouTube is beyond me. The song has the potential to make for a great crowd sing along I think and definitely a great car karaoke choice.
Bishop closed the show with the crowd favorites Wild Horses and River with an added newer song, Hi-Lo. I don’t know why but it seemed interesting to me that these two songs came so late in the set. No complaints from me though, I sort of dig the “you’ll get what you want but you’re gonna have to wait” strategy. Wild Horses and River do NOT disappoint live. My worries had been put to rest long before this point in the show but keep in mind Bishop spends a LOT of time jumping up and down in her songs. Despite all the jumping, River and Wild Horses came on with a ton of energy and she brought the show through the home stretch solidly. If you don’t know anything about That Bishop Girl but this review, I advise you get familiar. She’s got a powerful voice and an attitude that is all at once intimidating and sexy. And as I read through the lyrics to some of her songs post concert I am digging the music even more. I expect if the music continues to evolve in the same vein that Bishop’s success will only grow. Loved the show and will absolutely be waiting for her to come back to Minneapolis.