– Lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards, producer
William Giricz has been a fixture on the Chicagoland music scene for over 20 years. Billy G fronted some of the most inventive, original bands in the Midwestern United States: Bompop, Suitcase 72 and Flychild as well as singing in popular local cover bands: The Cannons, Grand Theft Audio, Bipolar Pills for Pepe/BP4P. In addition to Billy G’s powerful vocal style, creative writing approach and front-man prowess, he has also shown off his multi-instrumental talents as a lead guitarist and keyboardist. Billy G has contributed his creativity to the musically-sophisticated bands, Disliking Silence, on the ax and They All Have Legs rocking the keyboard.
Billy G draws his influences from a vast array of influential artists, perhaps too many to mention. But bands that left their mark on his writing and musical phrasing include: Radiohead, Elvis, Jack White, The Who, The Doors, Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver/Scott Weiland, Ryan Adams, The Beatles, The Posies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Spoon, Matthew Sweet and David Bowie.
In addition to Billy G.’s performance resume, he’s also at home in the control room as a producer. His passion for capturing the emotion of a song is heard in all of the fruits of his labor. His end products have a rich sound quality that is intricate, dynamic and interesting. Billy G. has amassed a great library of songs as a producer: The Great Air Mystery (Bompop, full length album), Traveler’s Guide to Central Neptune (Suitcase 72, full length album), Convolution Surf (Flychild, EP), Untitled (Disliking Silence, 4 song demo), Untitled (They All Have Legs, 4 song demo).
Billy G.’s enthusiasm for the Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club shines through in his performances. It’s clear to see that it is a blast paying with his band mates that he calls “a fantastic group of musicians with boundless passion and enthusiasm for the creative process and performance of rock music”. Don’t ever miss a chance to feel the energy and clever song stylings of William Giricz.
– Bass, lead vocals
Dan Passarelli was the front man for the talented and somewhat quirky band Just Buckwheat, where he sang lead vocals and played guitar. Dan, then, made the switch to bass guitar upon joining Suitcase 72, which rocked the Chicago music scene in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Dan has been writing songs since childhood. His diverse influences can be heard in his writing, playing style and lyrical phrasing. Some of Dan’s influences include: The Beatles, Jack White, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Matthew Sweet, Frank Zappa, Ryan Adams, Buddy Holly, The Cure, The Doors, Nirvana, The Dead Milkmen, The Kinks, Neil Young, Jane’s Addiction, The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Urge Overkill, Wilco, The Sex Pistols, Daniel Johnston and Elvis Costello.
Dan puts his heart, soul and sometimes even joke box into every performance. The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club is a family to Dan. The tightness that comes from this close-knit group is evident in the sound and energy of every show. Dan says, “The Bishop is a musically nurturing Petri dish of creativity, in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”
– Lead vocals, keyboard, guitar
Paulette Bertrand is a musical progeny who can’t remember a time when she didn’t play music. Paulette started playing piano when she was three years old. When she was thirteen, she picked up the guitar and began writing songs. From there her musical horizon expanded immensely to include an arsenal of instruments, tight vocals and a fun, energetic stage persona.
Paulette channels her musical innovation from a wide array of genres. Some of her influences are Jimi Hendrix, Ben Folds, The Allman Brothers, CSNY, Radiohead, Ray Charles, Phish, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Beck, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Beck and Herbie Hancock.
Paulette brings something to The Bishop—besides a feminine touch. She brings great talent. Sometimes it is a clever, intricate keyboard part, sometimes subtle, nuances of her vocals, sometimes hard-edged rock on lead guitar. But always is she an integral part in creating The Bishop Daredevil Stunt Club’s sound. Paulette has said, “I’m fortunate to be surrounded by so many talented people and musicians that are such a big part of my life and music.”
– Guitar, trumpet
New to the Chicago music scene is Darin Gregg. Darin has been a student of rock and roll his whole life, as evidenced by multiple editions of dog-eared The Rolling Stone Record Guides in his regular reading rotation. Darin has “worn the groove” on albums like Revolver, Exile on Main Street, Actung Baby, Led Zeppelin Untitled (IV) which helped form him as a musician. Darin brings his creativity and dead-on musical intuition to The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club.
Darin pulls his creativity from some of the greats with influences: Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Edge, Bono, John Lennon, Jack White, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Jeff Tweedy, Tom Petty, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Roger Waters, Elvis Presley, Peter Buck and John Mellencamp.
Darin has more energy in his pinky nail than any band you’re likely to see. He’s an atomic fireball of unadulterated rock and roll fury who unleashes it each and every time he steps foot on stage. Darin’s passion is the heartbeat of the band he loves. “The Bishop is a mix of a creative consortium and a kick ass gang.” Says Darin.
Bishop founding member and stickman returns to the band after a several year hiatus with a renewed enthusiasm for music and performing. “The guys (and gal) are a fun and professional group and they’ve matured as songwriters and as a musical collective over the years. My return to the group was initially a trial by fire, with a lot of material to learn in a short time frame.”
Along with the obvious names that most drummers follow from an early age, Matt’s drumming influences include Abe Cunningham, Tim Alexander, Danny Carey, Thomas Haake, Brian Chippendale, John Stanier and the drum machine from Big Black!
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