richie bits

Richie writes pop songs about the sociology of getting laid. He's a smart-ass who pairs snarky lyrics with contagious pop hooks.

His debut EP, 5 Songs in G, is connected by more than just the key (yes, they are all in the key of G)--it's a five song discourse on intercourse. Or in his words, ”It’s two songs about getting laid, two songs about not getting laid, and one song about love.”

Stylistically, it's all over the map. Whether it's the pop-inspired bouncy groove of "Princess", the nouveau punk "Kiss My Ass", the alt-americana "Liar", the indie ballad "I Know", or the bluesy "Hey Hey" all the songs are connected by Richie's incessant attitude, quirky guitar work, and whiskey/cigarette vocals.

5 Songs in G features the superb drumming of Stark Raving Brad and the beautiful voices of Angela LaFlamme and Sally Dana. The artful Joe Gore adds in everything else including (but not limited to) guitar, bass, banjo, lap-steel, harmonium, and power-synth.


the curious proclivities...

brad
It started in late 1991, on a winter day in San Francisco. His roomie brought a four-track home and Bradley quickly retreated to the basement with the new toy. When he emerged 6 months later (having subsisted entirely on insanity, inspiration, and slow-moving vermin), he had his true identity and a disturbing yet compelling batch of tunes. Stark Raving Brad had arrived, and the world was to forever be a more colorful place.

He headed a very strange band that played all over SF from '92 to '97. His percussive talents and nuclear stage presence steadily earned critical praise in the Bay Area, and solicitations from quality outfits poured in. He joined premier wack-hoppers The Marginal Prophets, and SF's second-wave ska kings, Undercover S.K.A. While drumming up a steady pop beat in '98 for Emperor Norton's eclectic Virgin-Whore Complex, DRUM! Magazine called on him to write a humor column for their fast-growing international publication, and the Pro-Mark drumstick company brought him aboard their roster. In 2001, he did the SF Music Scene Review in Zero Magazine, then along with Pansy Division's Jon Ginoli, he founded The Planning Commission, an indiepunk quartet dedicated to snarky songs about SF government. 'Round that time, The Hellbillys enlisted him to pound satanic tubs in their evil little psychobilly gang, touring France and Germany in the process, an experience he duplicated with funksters The Motivators the following year. Then he laid tracks for (Guitar Hero's) Marcus Henderson's solo project. It's a wonder he's had any time to do laundry.

CMJ, SXSW, NXNW, SF01, EAT'M, New Music West, NAMM, Nadine's Wild Weekend, he's done 'em all, and more than once, toots. Onstage, he has performed with Angelo Moore (fishbone), Neville (The Specials), Clarence Clemons (E Street Band), MIRV, Pansy Division, Boomshanka, Sean Leahy's Group De Jour, !Tang, flanelhed, CHUB, the Kirby Grips, Beat Senseless, the Mac Swanky Trio, Simon Stinger, The Psychokinetics, Radio Noise, Nefertiti Jones, Monkey, One Nation Underground, Jam Republic, Slender, and others.

In 1997, his band was selected over 650 others to be finalists in the Discmakers Unsigned Band contest, and, while he didn't win (even though BAM Magazine said he should've), he did join Robin Williams and Bobcat Goldthwaite as the only people to jump off the balcony of the Great American Music Hall and live to tell the tale. Then he played the Fillmore naked.

Now he holds down things in the engine room for the charming Americana trio The Winsome Griffles (myspace.com/winsomegriffles) and periodically joins forces with the mighty MUTAYTOR (mutaytor.com) in order to rock asses unmercifully. That pesky little long-completed SRB album will get released when he has a minute. Things are getting hectic, but there's no better freak for the job.