“We’ve arrived at the party fashionably late…”
Bison Hip were formed by long-time friends during a lockdown Zoom call in 2020. “I don’t know who actually suggested it first”, explains vocalist Paul, “but right away it just seemed like a great idea. Maybe it was the mid-life crisis at play!” The band are all over 50, with the exception of keyboard player and spring chicken Steven, who clocks in at a youthful 40. By the time they finally got together in early 2021, the blueprint was clear. “We wanted to take our love of blues and rock, and mix it up with our experiences of life” adds Paul. “Between us, we’ve been through so many things in life, ups and downs, some successes and plenty of failures, we wanted all of that in the music. Lastly, we needed to wrap it up in the DNA of our hometown, Glasgow, and hopefully that’s what we’ve achieved.”
Built on the backbone of true Scottish grit, the ethos is clear: real musicians, real instruments, no click tracks, culminating in a unique blues rock sound with real life stories. With the release of their debut EP Dear Greens and Blues in March 2022, Bison Hip have hit the ground running. “There’s plenty more to come, we’re on our way up!”
Bison Hip are: Paul Sloway – Vocals | John Gilmour Smith – Guitar |
Malcolm Button – Drums | Steven Radziwonik – keys | Graeme Carswell - Bass
Review For Dear Greens And Blues in Blues In Britain Magazine 2022.
Formed During lockdown, Glasgow's Bison Hip admit they're "no spring chickens", drawing on life experiences and a collective love of blues and rock on a 5-track debut EP. The gorgeous opener 'This Time' is a smooth mid tempo slice of bluesy AOR, propelled by Paul Sloway's consumate vocal and distinctive guitar work from John Gilmoour Smith. The title cut is slower, but no less accomplished, built on the understated rhythmic bass of bassist Graeme Button, with nice piano by Steven Radziwonik. 'See You In The Next Life' is made of tougher stuff, a simple, insistent riff powering a catchy tune. The quirky, piano-and-handclaps ballad 'Forgive' might raise an odd eyebrow, but it shows an intriguing approach to Bison Hip's songwriting and it's the perfect set-up for EP closer 'Trade', a lengthy, reflective slow blues that grows and builds on a swell of organ and spiralling guitar. This is an EP of mature songwriting and musicianship, well-recorded and played with skill and gusto. No spring chickens? No bad thing. Leon Blanc