Ricky Maymi

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Ricky Maymi
Born (1972-09-15) September 15, 1972 (age 47)
OriginSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Associated actsThe Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Wild Swans, The Church, Underground Lovers, The Triffids, Mellow Drunk, The Imajinary Friends, The Black Ryder

Ricky Rene Maymi (/ˈmm/; is an American rock musician, best known as an original member of the psychedelic rock band The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre[edit]

A founding member and original drummer of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, he then switched to guitar and finally on to bass guitar before leaving the band in 1993. He rejoined as 12-string guitarist in 2003.[1]

Other projects[edit]

In 2013 Maymi toured with psychedelic shoegaze band LSD and the Search for God and The Telescopes as a guitarist and in Canada as a drummer with Flavor Crystals.

Maymi has collaborated with Liverpool's The Wild Swans, fronted by Paul Simpson and has worked with Steve Kilbey of The Church.

Kilbey and Maymi recorded the album The Wilderness Years by David Neil, released in July 2011.[2] The David Neil of the title is a fictional rock star "from days past" described in press material as the project's original songwriter.[3] This pseudonym was created, Maymi has explained, as a means for the duo to achieve "creative liberation by not exactly having to be 'ourselves'".[4]

Maymi has also performed and recorded alongside Kilbey in Underground Lovers guitarist Glenn Bennie's collaborative musical project GB3, for the Damaged/Controlled album, released in 2010 on Australian label Rubber Records.[5] Kilbey and Maymi have also performed together in The Triffids for their "Secret In The Shape Of A Song" concerts in tribute to the late Triffids vocalist David McComb which took place in Sydney (2008), Melbourne (2008) and Perth (2009).[6]

Maymi recorded and performed with the San Francisco-based rock band Mellow Drunk featuring Leigh Gregory from 2001 to 2009 and is a founding member of the neo-psychedelic/surrealist rock band The Imajinary Friends, which he continues to work with today. The lineup of The Imajinary Friends spawned from the initial lineup of The BJM. The band currently includes Travis Threlkel (of Tipsy, and formerly of the BJM) and Tim Digulla (of Tipsy).[7] Past members include Matt Hollywood (of the BJM, The Out Crowd, and The Rebel Drones) and Graham Bonnar (of Swervedriver and the BJM). Maymi has also performed and recorded in Los Angeles band Smallstone with former BJM alumni Jeff Davies and Mara Keagle.

In 2007 Maymi recorded and toured Australia as lead guitarist with The Black Ryder for their album Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride and toured the U.K. with former Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized member Will Carruthers in the Freelovebabies. San Francisco band LSD and the Search For God recorded an album and toured California with Maymi on drums.

In 2001 Maymi toured North America with Sonic Boom's Peter Kember#Spectrum as guitarist.

He is also known for making guest appearances around the world with artists and groups including The Triffids for their "Secret In The Shape Of A Song" tribute to David McComb concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and London. Other names include The Church, Marty Willson-Piper, Steven Roback of The Rain Parade, Twink of Pretty Things fame, The Clientele, The Clean, The Lea Shores, The Koolaid Electric Company, The People's Revolutionary Choir, Flavor Crystals, The Telescopes, The Morning After Girls and Jean-Jacques Perry.

Production Work[edit]

Birdstriking, Gate To Otherside, Michael Savage, The Morning Night, Deep River Collective, Sunpsilo Circus, Tessa & The Typecast,The Wild Swans, "David Neil", Mellow Drunk, The Imajinary Friends, The Pleasure Routine, Black Heart Death Cult


  1. ^ "Brian Jonestown Massacre". Left Off The Dial. Archived from the original on 2002-06-17. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  2. ^ Smith, Johnny. "Steve Kilbey and Ricky Maymi". Beat. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  3. ^ Hooper, Kendall (5 June 2011). "Steve Kilbey & Ricky Maymi Announce The Wilderness Years, By David Neil and Tour". The AU Review. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Out of the wilderness". The Mercury. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Damaged/Controlled, GB3". Rubber Records. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  6. ^ "The Triffids Tribute Show To Melbourne and Perth". Hey Hey My My. 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  7. ^ US. "The Imajinary Friends - SAN FRANCISCO, US". MySpace.com. Retrieved 2011-07-17.

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