The Wanton Bishops, though a band by every definition of the word, is actually the vision for 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. But throw in Nader’s psychedelic 60’s influences – the culture, literature and music, and a heavy dose of meditative Middle-Eastern Tarab, and you’ve got a wicked brew that the world has never seen or tasted prior. Supported by his guitar wielding comrades-in-arms, Eddy Ghossein and Salim Naffah Nader’s vision for The Wanton Bishops is now complete.
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,” with Rolling Stone painting 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.” The band journey from Lebanon to perform festivals and club shows around the world, to include support opportunities with legendary acts The Who, Guns N’ Roses, and even Lana Del Rey.
Nader Mansour (vocals, guitar, harmonica, synthesizers, banjo, oud, electronics)
Eddy Ghossein (guitars, backing vocals), Georgy Flouty (guitars, backing vocals, electronics), Pascal Semerdjian (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Antonio El Hajj Moussa (bass, backing vocals)