According to Danny, as a child Richard was nicknamed 'Firestarter' as he was fascinated with fire and was always playing with a box of matches.
McNamara was initially the drummer for a thrash metalgarage band called Gross Misconduct in his late teens. It is believed that Embrace began when his brother barged into a session and started telling him and his bandmates what to do.
Although McNamara has worked with his brother in writing many of the band's songs, he only single-handedly sings a few songs. Most notably "One Big Family" and "Hooligan" which were both issued as singles.