"Members of Columbia, Missouri outfit Richard the Lionhearted have sublimely submerged themselves in various musical pools — alt-country, shoegaze, gray-sky Brit-rock, psychedelia — and emerged with a strong, visionary sound. The band rightly dubbed its approach “textured and moody,” putting listeners on notice with a sequence of solid demos— that sold out within months — and a proper, self-titled December 2010 release. Within its first 18 months as a band, Richard the Lionhearted has opened for Tapes ‘n Tapes, Scott Lucas and the Married Men and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, further reinforcing the band’s ability to fit within a variety of rock and alternative contexts while maintaining a sound it has cemented in a relatively short time.”
Originally published March 2011 by the Columbia Daily Tribune
"At the time of the show the most interesting part of their show were the vocals. While they did appear to have a lead singer, he almost always had at least one person in the band harmonizing with him, which resulted in a rather interesting sonic vibe. When the songs had a faster tempo the harmony gave the song more of a campfire sing along feel and the slower tempo songs actually had a very monkish feel to my ears... I am not sure if the change in vocal style varied depending on who was singing lead, or if the lead singer just changes his style more than most based on the tempo of the song. And I like the fact that the harmony builds up the lyrics, but doesn’t make them sweet... what you get are well crafted songs full of dark harmonies and bit of country flair that is well worth sitting down and digesting.”
Originally published September 2010 by Livin’ Life in the Midwest
““It’s a fortuitous season to be a music lover in Columbia. The soil of the local scene seems to be offering up some unabashedly original music for those who want to pluck it up, and tomorrow’s show at Mojo’s is one juicy batch of produce. Three bands — Jerusalem and the Starbaskets, Richard the Lionhearted, and Believers — will take their place on the Mojo’s stage.
Richard the Lionhearted has a dark-alt-rock-country-folk sound — although that’s a classification born out of the inability to pigeonhole the band. Perhaps it could be described as rockabilly-meets-Pink Floyd. Moody but full of texture and distortion, the dirty, chugging rhythms are offset by strong, Southern-tinged vocals and other faintly eerie harmonies. Richard the Lionhearted formed in 2009, issuing its first full-length album of the same name in late 2010 — after two EPs, no less — and hitting the local tour circuit hard with more than 30 shows to its name. The effort is clearly paying off for th”
Originally published 19 May 2011 by the Columbia Daily Tribune