Meeting with Alan Bishop


In the late 1970s, Alan Bishop led Sun City Girls alongside his brother Richard and Charles Gocher Jr. Although they never got the media success of Animal Collective, Six Organs of Admittance or Devendra Banhart, their musical legacy of has managed to transcend the boundaries of time. Regarded as an anomaly within the experimental rock scene of the 1980s, SCG embarked on a three-decade life odyssey that allowed them to forever alter our perception of reality and predispose us against the natural order of things.

Founder along with his partner Hisham Mayet from the label Sublime Frequencies, whose exuberant catalog offers us examples of North Korean pop, Balinese surf and Gulf rock, our protagonist conceives music as a state of perpetual trance that allows him to evoke his childhood in Michigan during the sixties, in the heart of the state with the largest concentration of Arab population in the country. His grandfather was a virtuoso of the lute of Lebanese origin who educated his grandchildren in mysticism and harmony, instilling in them his fascination with the folklore of the Middle East.

After signing a couple of albums with The Invisible Hands that served as a corollary to the frustrated hopes of the Arab Spring, Alan Bishop remains faithful to his particular alliance of psychedelic root civilizations with The Dwarfs of East Agouza. An anarchic and transcendental voyage, whose quest to map the music of the Third World goes far beyond the purely ethnographic, as he takes up the words of an anarchic and transcendental voyage by making the words of Hakim Bey his own: “It is something that you do with the body, and probably all the truly significant thing you do is with the body. Unlike tourism, which is an extension of imperialist colonialism, the journey I propose is an extension of marginal heresy. ”