Beck, Bowie, Barrett
Richard Cartwright - vocals and guitar, Conrad Richters - bass and synth, Jordy Lane - guitar and bass, Pat Torres - drums and percussion
beatles, Bolan, boredoms
Unearthed artists we like
"...The quartet appear on stage amidst a storm of mind-bending psychedelia – frontman Richard Cartwright murmuring down a megaphone as analogue synthesisers, warped slide guitar and throbbing krautrock rhythms gracelessly totter into each other in the background. It’s a brilliant introduction that ultimately presages a truly brilliant set from one of the country’s most exceptional bands. Richard Cartwright is forever the centrepiece of proceedings – blathering madly about disco planets and primary schools between songs and plucking daintily at an acoustic guitar during the band’s instrumental flights of fancy. The band’s closing number, meanwhile, is a legitimate contender for live performance of the year – audience members invited to play percussion and stomp along to a largely a capella performance by Cartwright in a conclusion as fittingly surreal as it is undeniably brilliant." - Matt O'Neill, TIME OFF "If this is the precedent for Australian music in 2008, we are in for a prosperous and thrilling year. Brilliant." - A.H. Cayley, MESS AND NOISE “Wonderfully unpretentious, whimsical pop music” – Linda Marigliano, TRIPLE J “A unique and exciting prospect for the Sydney scene… simply outstanding” – Shaun Prescott, DRUM MEDIA “Refreshingly unique… burns an impression that surpasses anything I’ve heard this year” – FASTERLOUDER.COM.AU “Richard Cartwright’s eccentric demeanor, his quaint banter, his lyrics, and the joyous absurdity of the band’s pop songs are overwhelmingly effective” – Shaun Prescott, MESS AND NOISE
Tripped-out psychedelic sounds that have real charm. Such an interesting global mixture of sounds in here including what sounds like a sitar!
Richard in Your Mind are the NSW winners of our Big Day Out competition. Find out more about this competiton and view the winners from other states. more »
What can the crowd expect from you when you hit the stage at the Big Day Out?
Smoke, mirrors, megaphones and gongs. And our band playing songs that are easy to smile along to.
We can hear an exotic mix of instruments in your music...tell us > >about some of the instruments you play with.
Live its just your standard guitar/bass/drums/vox/syth/sax/harmonica/megaphone kinda thing, but in recording we love experimenting with heaps of stuff like harmonium, sitar, tabla, juju shaker (with a voodoo curse), gongs, bells, samples and any toy that makes a cool sound. Then we just put delay on everything.
What's the best thing about being in Richard in Your Mind?
We're all buddies who love playing music together and love making the kind of music that we enjoy listening to.
...and the worst?
What have you got planned for the future?
Hopefully not poverty. We've almost finished a mini album that should be out in the next few months and we want to get a full length album out later in the year too.
Australian music is...
sooo hot right now.
It's impossible to perform on an empty stomach! Have a peek at the band getting ready for their performance at the Big Day Out... Elston prepares the toast Conrad tucks into a hearty piece of toast with peanut butter...mmm! Nick gives Elston a hug. Richard fights off all the evil kitchen spirits Breakfast consumed and now on-stage tuning his guitar View the pics from their performance in our Big Day Out gallery »View Profile Hide Interview