The rock band Josephine plays a dynamic hybrid of ultra melodic post-punk and roots rock. Fronted by the dual vocals of quirky singer songwriter Sarah White and punk legend Michael Bishop, the band do-si-dos organically from graceful acoustic simplicity to shit-kicking honky tonk and back again to driving, punk-inspired hard rock owing as much to the Sex Pistols, Minutemen and X as Wilco, Son Volt, and PJ Harvey.
The group formed last fall, superseding White's former vehicle, Sarah White and the Pearls. The new group, Josephine, brings together musicians with established pedigrees in punk, hard rock and roots music to breathe life into White's acclaimed songwriting. The rhythm section of drummer Ed Trask and bassist Michael Bishop were the core of the seminal Richmond post-punk trio Kepone. Trask later played with Richmond punk giants Avail and in another life, Bishop was the bassist for theatrical rockers GWAR. Guitarist Charlie Bell was a long-time member of popular Americana group the Hackensaw Boys and is a sought-after sideman for acts such as Charlie Louvin and J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices.
The group's debut single “Last Day of May” features three original tracks and is set for release May 31, 2013 on County Wide Records. Meanwhile, the band has been polishing its live show. preparing for more touring, and has already earned a reputation as a must see act in and around their native Richmond, Charlottesville and surrounding cities.