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The Wanton Bishops

The Wanton Bishops, though a band by every definition of the word, is actually the vision of one very eclectic man – Nader Mansour. A cultural anomaly, considering the fact that he was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Nader as lead singer is the very epitome of a howling blues man. Yet it’s his psychedelic 60’s influences – the culture, literature and music, grounded with a heavy dose of meditative Middle Eastern mojo, which set the man and his music apart.

The Wanton Bishops’ debut album, ‘Sleep With The Lights On’, won the Beirut band accolades and opportunities. MTV described the album as “suspended between disillusionment and exultation, their visceral sounds echo the soul of their crumbling city,” and Rolling Stone painted an equally colorful critique, writing “The Wanton Bishops are a thrilling rush of raw blues and booze soaked indie rock, reminiscent of The Black Keys, but with a ramshackle sensibility all their own.”

Nader’s rock and blues influences still form the foundation of his songs, inspired by blues icons like RL Burnside and Muddy Waters, the rock of Led Zeppelin and Hendrix, and the psychedelic sounds of The Doors and The Velvet Underground. But it’s the flavors of the Middle East that musically take everything to the next level, to include exotic Tarab influences from the likes of Sabah Fakhri and Oum Kolthoum. The Wanton Bishops have now concocted a wicked brew that the world has never seen or tasted prior.

To quote Nader: ‘We are taking our blues-induced rock and roll down an ethnic electronic highway. I’m finally getting to the core of the music I want to create, and that core is scarily confused – yet uniquely special, much like our own identity as Lebanese people living in Beirut, that eternal cultural crossroad.’

The band is currently recording their second full length album, to be released in the second half of 2018.


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