Vicious Bishop Share “She’s So Dissatisfied” from Upcoming Debut EP “Miracle Formula 168”

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Formed in 2021, Lancaster, UK’s Vicious Bishop are a ska and reggae fuelled punk power trio that features drummer Dave Nuttall (Toy Dolls), bassist Adz Woods (The Convulsions) and vocalist & guitarist Rich Davenport (Radio Stars). Vicious Bishop’s focus is on delivering memorable, uplifting songs with maximum energy that draws influence from the likes of The Clash, The Ruts, Stiff Little Fingers, Rancid, 2 Tone, Ramones, Husker Du, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion, Bob Mould and vintage reggae and ska. Their upcoming debut EP, Miracle Formula 168, showcases their raw, melodic sound to powerful effect, and features songs which have already convinced audiences in a live setting, the EP also features cover art by punk artist Paul Raggity.

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Across the four tracks, the EP features guest appearances including Rich’s former Radio Stars bandmate, Andy Ellison, who co-wrote the song She’s So Dissatisfied, Sham 69 guitarist Dave Parsons who plays a guest solo on Shouting Down The Sewer and Micky Geggus from the Cockney Rejects who lends his six-string skills to Blood In The Water. She’s So Dissatisfied is the first track to be released from the EP and finds the band charging out of the starting blocks with a perfect slice of prime power pop energy. Vicious Bishop will be supporting the EP with shows around the UK, and are already working on a full-length album, to be recorded in October for release in 2025. 

“Andy and I wrote and demoed an initial version of She’s So Dissatisfied in the mid-90s when I was in Radio Stars. When Andy asked me if I’d be interested in playing some gigs with him again, I jumped at the chance, and when we started talking about a set list, we were both keen to revisit She’s So Dissatisfied. I love Andy’s lyric, which touches on the dark side of hard drugs, but I felt the music I originally came up with sounded unfinished. I re-wrote the chords for the verse, and then Dave, Adz and I worked on the music together, to give it a punky reggae feel. Dave’s drum parts are tight as a gnat’s chuff (technical term) and Adz’ bassline is almost funky punk. It’s gone down really well live.” (Rich Davenport)

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The band are playing with Andy Ellison as Andy Ellison & Vicious Bishop at this year’s Rebellion Festival, performing a Radio Stars set on the main stage and acoustic stage. The set will include She’s So Dissatisfied, and also cult classic Desdemona, by Andy’s 60s band, John’s Children, which also featured Marc Bolan. They’ll also be playing at Morecambe Punk Festival in November. Lyrically, the majority of the band’s songs are about getting through tough times and coming out the other side. Musically, they blend elements of punk, ska, and punky reggae, often weaving all three styles together in the space of a single song. 

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“Back in 1992, I was playing in a punk/ska punk band called The Hormones, based in Scotland. This was before Holidays in the Sun and the Pistols reunion, and punk was very much underground at the time. I had a college radio show and rang the number on the back of the Cockney Rejects’ Lethal album to see if I could arrange an interview, and shortly after, met Micky Geggus for the first time. We hit it off immediately and have been mates ever since. It’s been amazing seeing the Rejects enjoy a well-deserved second shot since 1999. Mick has always been very supportive of bands I’ve been in, and it’s an honour to have his amazing guitar skills on Blood In The Water – he played a blinder! I remember reading about Sham 69 in Look-In annual and hearing them on the radio in 1979 when I was at primary school and saw them on Top of the Pops doing Mister You’re A Better Man Than I. I first met Dave Parsons outside a Sham gig in Glasgow in 1992. When I moved to London in 1994, I got to spend more time with him, and he gave me some great advice about recording guitar parts. I also got a sneak preview of his first solo album, Reconcile, which was great. I’ve always loved Dave’s playing, his solos are always very melodic and memorable, and he’s played an amazing lead break on Shouting Down The Sewer. He once told me he used to bunk off school to watch Thin Lizzy doing matinee shows in London, and there’s a Lizzy feel in the harmonies he’s played on the track. As with Mick, it’s an honour to have Dave playing on a track, and pretty mind blowing to think that someone I watched on TOTP at the age of 7 has ended up on our EP! That’s what I love about the punk scene, these guys are so approachable and down to earth, and have gone out of their way to support an up-and-coming band like ourselves. The EP is released on X Records, the label affiliated with the long-running Bolton record shop of the same name, launched in 1985 by Ste Meekings, a first wave punk. I’ve been shopping at X since 1986, and Ste was basically a punk Mr Miyagi to my Daniel-san, telling me about essential albums to check out, and giving me info on the bands, which was great in the days before you could just Google it. He also had great stories about seeing bands live at some of the legendary venues around the Northwest back in the original era. It’s a huge buzz to have the EP coming out on the X Records label, and another example of what I love about the punk scene.” (Rich Davenport)