Richard the Lionhearted, a five-piece Columbia, Mo.-based band, recently finished touring the northeast with stops in Brooklyn, Boston, Portland and Chicago in support of their first full-length album, which the band self-released in December 2010. The self-titled album itself is well composed – darkly textured and moody featuring strong Southern-tinged vocals – and their live performance lives up to that quality with healthy amounts of distortion and fuzz, eerie backing harmonies and bass lines that form familiar sounds of eras past with an obvious eye towards the future.
“This band hails from the heartland of America but much of their music has shadings of the west coast or the desert southwest,” writes Kevin Wierzbicki of AntiMusic.com
“They're not exactly cowboys on acid but a generous amount of psychedelia informs their music with an eerie aura, like it's floating in from a distant radio station that you're lucky enough to catch for a few miles as you ramble down some forlorn highway. It doesn't take too much scrutiny to realize there's something special going on here... which results in music that is both full of warmth and intellectually stimulating.”
As of July 2011, Richard the Lionhearted had played more than 40 shows during their first 18 months as a band, including three festivals and a northeast tour. The Lionhearted have opened for indie and major acts Tapes ‘n Tapes, Other Lives, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Ferraby Lionheart, Apollo Heights, Oberhofer, O’Death, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Joan of Arc, and Jerusalem and the Starbaskets, among others.
For more information on Richard the Lionhearted, or for a free download of their album, visit LionheartedBand.com
Kyle Wayne Stewart - Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Mandolin
Blair Miller - Vocals, Keys, Guitar, Violin
Brad Stewart - Vocals, Bass
Jeramy Templin - Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin
Andy Lockhart - Drums