The Bishops are back from university with summer EP

A HEBDEN Bridge band has overcome logistical problems to release a new EP.

‘Sunstroke’ is the latest offering from Fishing For Bishops, whose members all attend universities in different parts of the United Kingdom.

Fishing For Bishops are a band from Hebden Bridge

Fishing For Bishops are a band from Hebden Bridge

Accordionist Isaac Rose, who has been with the band since its formation in 2009, said: “We were aiming for a summer feel, quite light-hearted and hopefully fun. Perhaps the most obvious influence on one of the tracks is the music of South Africa in track three. ”

The band consists of Andy Bradley on bass, Matthew Dawson on trumpet and vocals, Sam Graham on saxophone, Ben Lomax Thorpe on guitar and vocals, Isaac on accordion, melodica and vocals, Will Triner on trombone and Matthew Wedge-Roberts on drums.

This year has also seen the return of guitarist Max Warte, who had previously left the band because of logistical issues.

With band members living in Edinburgh, Bradford, Oxford, Cambridge and London, similar issues had threatened to force the band into hibernation, but Isaac said the fact everyone is now at university actually makes things easier.

“We wanted to do something creative this summer as we haven’t really done anything for a year,” he said. “However, there were only two weeks where we were all around due to holidays, so we decided to focus on writing and recording an EP, which we did in this time slot. ”

Isaac said the band will be playing the Big Ass Christmas Concert 2012, which will take place at The Hebden Bridge Trades Club in the winter.

Sunstroke can be downloaded for £3 from the band’s website at, where you can also download their first EP ‘ Fishing for Friends’ and debut album ‘ Suitcase’ for free.

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook site at