| German Import
| Monica Richards is back with a blast debuting the new e.p., The Strange Familiar
. Featuring 4 new songs plus a dance-remix of her most beloved song from InfraWarrior
CD, "A Good Thing". This is the preview to her new album Naiades
From Monica: "I am working in new directions. The first InfraWarrior CD was quite electro-tribal, this work is taking on some harder rock as well as real soundscape styles. I have had quite a life change this past year, following the last Faith and the Muse tours, so I am now really doing my own recording studio, being my own engineer as well. But as always, I am working with Chad Blinman as producer. I also have guest musicians on these tracks, such as Steven and Marzia who played live with Faith and the Muse over the last year and have been so supportive of my new music. "Armistice" is the title of a harder rock piece, with driving bass and guitars. I had Steve Niles play bass, he and I and very close - he's one of my oldest friends and though he is an acclaimed horror writer, he got his start the same way I did - back in the Washington D.C. punk rock scene of the 80's! I also have Steven James (Christ vs. Warhol) on guitar. "Armistice" is about true self-empowerment, facing your life and its hardships with courage, bravery. "The Mighty" is a new soundscape with spoken word that explodes into warrior drums. It is about the lifetimes of one life, those future and past lives we feel we have lived. I speak as the Muse, the warrior, the bard, the king, the pauper, the farmer… all personas that ebb and flow in our worlds… Marzia Rangel (Christ vs. Warhol) played cellos on this. The Strange Familiar is about finding yourself again, coming back full circle to your roots. It's a very sweet song, dulcimer and strings with heart-beat dance drums, I actually wondered if it was TOO nice but Chad felt it was strong as well. Marzia also added her talents to this song. "Oreiades" is an amazing live piece, with Paul Mercer, my violinist from the FATM tours. He and I were in the caves beneath Schloss Cotteneau and Bruno recorded us improvising. What came out is almost called from the depths of the tunnels, there is an old world folk singing that I can't even say where it came from… I also have a wonderful dance remix of "A Good Thing" which I found was pretty much everyone's favorite song fro the first CD, as I think it touches everyone right in the heart. So I felt it would be a good one to track on the dance floor. The new album is called Naiades. I am working in the flow of water, the ability to bend, move and carry through. Not sure if that's the main theme, really it's still in progress, and I continue on as I go, though there may be harder rock songs to come!
Monica will be bringing her InfraWarrior show to life with an interactive art film made especially for the live show with the help of Marc Moorash and Ava Heydt of Sephemera (Marc created the acclaimed Faith and the Muse "Battle Hymn" video), as well as two live drummers (Caroline and Lesley from 7th Harmonic) and Lucretia, from the dance troop Serpentine. The show promises to be a living art piece, based on Women and Nature.