Richard in Your Mind

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Richard in Your Mind
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Psychedelic pop, Sampledelica
Years active 2006 - current
Labels Broken Stone, Rice Is Nice
Members Richard Cartwright
Conrad Richters
Pat Torres
Richard Cuthbert
Josef Muller
Past members Jordy Lane
Brent Griffin
Alyx Dennison
Joel Werner
Nicholas Long
Andrew Elston

Richard in Your Mind are an Australian psychedelic pop band from Sydney. They were formed in 2006 by then house-mates Richard Cartwright and Conrad Richters and expanded in 2008 with Pat Torres and Jordy Lane and later adding Brent Griffin (aka SPOD) and Alyx Dennison (from Sydney duo kyü).[1] They released their debut album, The Future Prehistoric, in December 2007[2] and two years later followed it up with their online only Summertime EP.[3] Their second album, My Volcano, was released in 2010 [4] and soon followed by third album SUN in 2011. Their latest album Ponderosa was released on 29 August 2014.

Musical Style[edit]

Richard in Your Mind have been described as borrowing their sound and style from 60's psychedelic pop, Strawberry Fields era Beatles, and distinctly modern hip hop and electronic influences and recording styles. This combination is described as 'sampledelica'.[5] These broad musical influences are reflected in the band's choice of instrumentation outside the generic guitar/bass/drums, the artists choosing to use eastern strings and percussion, as well as spoken word samples and breakbeats. Their stage presence, use of props and elaborate decoration in their live performance has been well received by the Australian music media[6] and are an homage to the elaborate shows of other neo-psychedelia bands such as The Flaming Lips.

Reception and Critical Success[edit]

Richard in Your Mind were the 2007 Triple J Unearthed winners,[7] the result of which was an opening slot on that year's Big Day Out festival lineup. In 2010, their video for "Candelabra" (directed by SPOD) was a J Award nominee [8] and their album My Volcano was nominated for the 2011 AMP.


  • The Future Prehistoric (2007) - Broken Stone[9]
  • Summertime EP (2009) - Rice Is Nice
  • My Volcano (2010) - Rice Is Nice[10][11]
  • Sun (2011) - Rice Is Nice
  • Mozzarella EP (2012) - Rice Is Nice[12]
  • Ponderosa (2014) - Rice Is Nice


  1. ^ "Turning up the heat", Hobart Mercury, 8 July 2010 
  2. ^ Krbavac, Peter (3 June 2010), "Mind over matter for Sydney collective", Canberra Times 
  3. ^ Zuel, Bernard (19 February 2010), "Summertime review", The Sydney Morning Herald 
  4. ^ Cahill, Mikey (8 July 2010), "Be mindful", Herald Sun 
  5. ^ Alessio, Dom. "Richard in Your Mind - the future is now". Home and Hosed. Triple J. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Welsh, Caitlin. "Live Review: Richard In Your Mind, Kyü @ Spectrum, July 3". The Brag. The National Grid. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Mathieson, Craig (9 July 2010), "It's all in the mind for recycle-delics", The Age 
  8. ^ "Richard in Your Mind - Candelabra". ABC. 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Cayley, A.H. (25 June 2010), "The Future Prehistoric review", Mess + Noise 
  10. ^ Zuel, Bernard (25 June 2010), "My Volcano review", The Sydney Morning Herald 
  11. ^ Kingsmill, Kate (15 July 2010), "Richard In Your Mind", Canberra Times 
  12. ^ Wilson, Julia. "Mozzarella EP". Rice is Rice is Nice. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 

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