Opposite of Robot returns with Brighton’s the Miserable Rich who are on a national tour supporting their new single and forthcoming album.
Wed 3rd March-Yorkshire House, Parliament Street, Lancaster, LA1 1ND. £4/3 Concessions, 8.30-11.30pm
Here’s what the press say:
” …their lush orchestro-folk is so heartbreakingly beautiful, it reduces anyone who hears it to a weeping mess.” 8/10 NME
“Recorded in the front room of singer James De Malplaquet’s Brighton home, The Miserable Rich’s striking, fully fledged debut immediately sets them apart. Five in number, they play what can perhaps be best described as acoustic chamber pop, everything coming decorously draped with the rather mournful accompaniment of cello and violin. Beyond that, though, it’s De Malplaquet’s warm, hazy voice coupled with the songs’ ruminative aspect that impress most, from tales of drunks and bonnie barmaids to such beautifully tender moments as Boat Song and The Knife Thrower’s Hand. A handsome, original start.” Q
“Breathtaking… Easily the best record of 2008” Americana UK
“There is no other band around at the moment who creates music like this, and yet Twelve Ways To Count shows how simple and effective it is. With delicate singing, plucking strings and floating violins, any of these twelve tracks can lift you up and carry you along a cloud into a tranquil equilibrium… they have created a piece of art that is gentle brilliance which needs to be introduced into your life.” Bearded
“warm acoustic loveliness” Rocksound
“A beautiful, intelligent and smart album, Twelve Ways To Count shows The Miserable Rich are a rare find.” 4.5/5 Subba-cultcha.com
“…a cracking album full of tender, dark, warm, thoughtful and euphoric songs that’ll keep you humming along all day long” Piccadilly Records – Record of the Week
The Miserable Rich, whose name derives from an experience they had playing at the wedding of two ultra-rich aristocrats in Rome, grew from a ‘bedroom electro-songwriterproject’. Cellist/pianist William Calderbank and singer/percussionist James de Malplaquet formed their string quintet intending to ‘produce quirky acoustic modern music’ – and they do just that. But not just that. The Miserable Rich’s bar-room chamber music, styled with fierce but beautiful vocals backed by serene, acutely arranged strings, has been described as ‘pop music that could soundtrack a nursery rhyme created by Tim Burton’…
Having toured extensively in many countries, sometimes playing three shows a day in different cities – in headlines, festival slots, and major supports for the likes of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – the band have honed their sound; and the intensity, honesty and closeness to be found at their concerts is unlike any other band currently touring.
In support local alt folkster The Existence of Harvey Lord, featuring guitars, banjo, flute, cello, zither harp, trombone and general all round goodness
and Kish McGuire, talented young guitarist, singer-songwriter