Nostalgic guitar riffs, anthemic hooks, and trademark unison vocals: singer-songwriter duo The Bishop Boys take us back to pre-pandemic days with their latest single and music video, “Gin & Tonic”, released today (Aug. 21, 2020).
In a nod to the band’s namesake – Canadian WWI flying ace Billy Bishop – the official music video shows the band’s founders, Andrew Adoranti and Austin Di Pietro, in their maiden voyage in a WWI-era biplane above the Detroit River, with the wind in their faces and the sound of the Stearman’s radial engine roaring across the Windsor skies.
The open cockpit aircraft, a 1941 Boeing Stearman from the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association, is first shown moving from the CH2A Hangar at Windsor International Airport to the runway where it takes off, with The Bishop Boys, into the sky.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ll never forget the thrill of takeoff in the open air.” – Austin Di Pietro
Produced with financial support from the City of Windsor’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund, and directed by Remy Cloutier, the video also includes footage recorded in the summer of 2019 featuring scenes of backyard concerts, pool parties, and campfires. Some of the many familiar faces in the scenes include Derek Impens playing the drums and Kelly “Mr. Chill” Hoppe playing the saxophone around a campfire. Impens recorded, mixed and mastered the new single at South Bridge Recording in Windsor, Ontario. Hoppe is internationally known for his days with Canadian rock/blues/reggae band, Big Sugar, and has become a beloved staple in the local music scene. The combination of scenes in the video take viewers back to the glory of carefree days that the Bishop Boys’ growing catalogue of Canadian folk-rock effortlessly evokes.
The song and video are reminiscent of simpler times in this unprecedented year of social distancing and staying indoors.
“The lyrics were written from the perspective of someone who’s been kicked around by life and looks for happiness in all the wrong places. The song serves as a reminder that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover because we don’t know everyone else’s story.” – Andrew Adoranti
About The Bishop Boys
Trademark unison vocals, poetic lyricism, and effortlessly nuanced musicianship: these are the defining assets of The Bishop Boys, a young musical duo who are studiously redefining the singer-songwriter genre. As musicians who cut their teeth on jazz from a young age, Austin Di Pietro and Andrew Adoranti are well-known throughout Windsor as sought-after accompanists and core players of the Windsor jazz ensemble, Coffee House Combo. The Bishop Boys emerged as a full-fledged 11-piece band fronted by the duo with their debut single “Might Be Alright” in 2018, and immediately began selling out venues and showcasing at festivals across Windsor-Essex. Their latest collection of songs, The Pelee Island EP, is available now on all major streaming platforms.