Miranda Lee Richards - "Existential Beast" album release show

Miranda Lee Richards


Miranda Lee Richards is a gifted Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. Born in San Francisco after the summer of love and before the dawn of disco, she grew up in an artistic and bohemian environment that has informed her adult life and work. Her parents are well-known underground comic book artists Ted and Terre Richards, R. Crumb being their most infamous contemporary.

After graduating from the San Francisco School Of The Arts, she travelled to Paris to model, but soon returned to the U.S. to pursue a musical career. A series of chance encounters with influential people began when she became friends with Kirk Hammet from Metallica, who taught her to play guitar. Early demos of her songs reached the ears of Anton Newcombe, and she soon joined his band The Brian Jonestown Massacre. She sang on their early albums Give It Back, Bringing It All Back Home Again, and Stung Out In Heaven, and appeared with them in the seminal documentary DIG!.

In 2001, Virgin Records released her full-length debut album The Herethereafter. The record was a mix of folk, psychedelia, country and indie pop, and generated fans worldwide, especially in Japan where the single “The Long Goodbye” reached the top five.

Her critically acclaimed sophomore album Light of X, the title of which came from a dream about harnessing beams of light to travel in time, followed in 2009 via Nettwerk Records. The music was a progression from the template laid out on her debut, anticipating the symphonic pop music that came later with the likes of Anna Calvi and Agnes Obel. Lilith Fair tour dates and guest appearances with The Jesus and Mary Chain followed.

In January of 2016, Richards delivered Echoes Of The Dreamtime, recorded at her home studio with husband and producer Rick Parker (best known for his work with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Lord Huron). It brought together eight pastoral, atmospheric epics into a work that was her most impressive yet. Echoes of the Dreamtime focused on a lyrically narrative style, with many of the songs clocking in at over five minutes, with four and five verses a-piece. The eight-minute track "It Was Given", based on the movie The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke, is a wonderful example of an adaptation put to song.

Echoes of the Dreamtime was given four stars by MOJO magazine, and 8/10 in Uncut. Piccadilly Records voted it into the top 8 of 100 records released in 2016, and Echoes Radio voted the album #2 for 2016. Richards supported the release with two tours opening for the Dandy Warhols in the U.S., and solo tours of the U.K., opening for Ren and Romeo (Ren Harvieu and Romeo from the Magic Numbers).

In February of 2017, in the post-U.S. election climate, Richards has delivered Existential Beast, what is arguably her most impressive work to date. Of the album, Richards states:

"It is a political album to the core, examining the issues of our time, but with an intent of tackling those difficult and sometimes taboo subjects in a poetic and heartfelt manner. The title is also a mash-up of terms, referencing the existential crisis that has in turn arisen. In essence, we are all still working with the animal urges of fear, competition, survival, and sexuality, which are deep-seated and manifesting in varying ways and degrees, depending on where we are at. But like it or not, these tendencies have been revealed, within our leaders, our countries, and ourselves; it is indeed a pivotal and transformational time and there is much work to be done."

Existential Beast is slated for worldwide release June 16, 2017 via the U.K. based indie label, Invisible Hands Music.


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