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Fifty Pence Piece of Mind

by Waiflike

Mud-spattered yet melodic music about the miserable, the mainstream and the mutinous.
Genre: Rock: Arena Rock
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1. Money and Movie Stars
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2. Glass of Something
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3. Why Is the Bed So Wet?
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4. What Are We Waiting For Now?
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5. Plastic Pigs
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6. Not At All Alone
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7. My Baby Backed Over My Heart Again
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8. Cabbage and Cadavers
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Fifty Pence Piece of Mind" is the debut disc by Waiflike, the brainchild of Rich Miller, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Rich writes moody music that is catchy and clever and lyrics that are both interesting and intense. "Fifty Pence Piece of Mind" was recorded and mixed in late 2004-early 2005 in Northbrook, IL in the home studio of exceptional engineer & creative co-producer Andy Lagis. The songs were mastered at Signal Sound Source in Chicago by George Langis. While "Fifty Pence Piece of Mind" is a solo album, Rich had help from graceful guitarist Robert Palos (Ode), soulful saxophonist Jason Keppe and bassists Kevin Becker & Avi Kopernik. By listening to the melodramatic "Money & Movie Stars" the gritty "Glass of Something" the whimsical "Why is the Bed so Wet" the weighty "What Are We Waiting for Now" the pensive but polished "Plastic Pigs" the narcoleptic "Not At All Alone" the moody "My Baby Backed Over My Heart Again" and the cathartic "Cabbage & Cadavers", it is clear that Rich is capable of crafting compelling compositions. In a peculiar period of pretentious pop pointed at pubescent pawns, Rich Miller learned to search his soul, grab his guitar and make music.


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Sy Sperling (not only a president, but also an ambassador)

Waiflike rocks on many different levels!
Waiflike is great on many different levels. One of its strong points is the use of tone color created by a vast array of effects (eg. sounds of the ocean, backward vocal swirls, people having conversations, glass breaking, hell I think I even hear a whip cracking at some point). This adds depth, flavor, and most important makes for an interesting record. This however, is just the icing on a well made cake. Some of the standout tracks, "Not At All Alone" run like a well oiled machine with it's heavy trudge ala Monster Magnet and searing vocals. Check out the way the harmonies build at the end of the song. It's Alice In Chains bliss like no other. Let's not discard how diverse these songs are as well. "Cabbage and Cadavars" offers a sick groove that compliments Miller's vocal delivery and the sax solo is a nice change. It's one of those songs that get better with every listen. If your looking for the hit then "Money and Movie Stars" is the one. It's catchy as hell and the bridge is very melodic. Diversity, Depth, and Unique is the best way to describe Waiflike.

Eye-ronic G.

It's new. It's fresh. It's different......
It's new. It's fresh. It's different than his previous material, more polished, more mature; it is, in fact, ripe for the pickin'. Love it or leave it. Richard Neal Miller has come in to his own.

Fred G.

I LOVE THIS CD !!! Is this John Lennon's missing son?
AWESOME MUSIC AND LYRICS. Something for all of the senses, including the sense of humor. Let this one sink in with many spins. Let he/she who has ears hear...

Fred G. - Winnetka, IL

R. Burke

Fifty Pence Piece of Mind-each and every listen.
From the exquisitely gifted mind of Rich Miller (Waiflike) comes Fifty Pence Piece of Mind. It is searingly intelligent and affecting as it touches upon withering social norms, generational megalomania, and industrialized anxieties to expose the cracks and crevices of a bloated, emergent world. A contemporary rock opera of sorts, Fifty Pence Piece of Mind gives Miller the voice to spotlight themes that expose a variety of characters plucked from our own backyards. We are there after all. We all read the dirty ink, hear the broadcast lies, and watch the televised Big Brother ooze its message across our living room floors. And in that arena Miller chants "Money & Movie Stars", breathlessly wonders "Why is the Bed so Wet" and hauntingly declares "What Are We Waiting for Now". But it is in "Plastic Pigs" that Miller creates a work of art: a breathtaking song that warns duplicity, and dares it to continue least it unit us all in song. And so it is Waiflike, that ethereal voice lifting from the other side of consciousness that offers listeners Fifty Pence Piece of Mind-each and every listen. What are you waiting for? --R. Burke

Rach

Nice. I'm very much enjoying this record!!
Guess what I got in the mail?? It's called Fifty Pence Piece of Mind. You might have heard of it??

"Like a wine glass filling with tears, fussy, fine lass wasted all these years."

Nice. I'm very much enjoying this record!! First listen down, many to go!! More soon on it!

George Ketsios

Love the Waiflike disc.
Got the CD. Love the Waiflike disc. You have really grown as a singer and there is still a hint of the early influences that I really dig. Congrats on the great work. Be well.

Erich

Awesome power-pop!
Rich has taken his talents to a new level with the latest release. Starting with "Money and Movie Stars" and continuing throughout, it is loaded with hooks. Rich's voice reminds me of something from the Seattle scene, and the melodies sound like something from the British invasion! Recommended.

david martin

yo bro
Literally-I'm his brother & have at least 12 years knowledge/experience lead on him.
If I could only play an instrument........
What do you think I'm gonna say-it's f'n great!
You are correct sir!

Riggs

Great CD, Very Original
Great music by Waiflike, very original lyrics.

R. Burke

A contemporary rock opera of sorts
From the gifted mind of Rich Miller (Waiflike) comes Fifty Pence Piece of Mind. Recorded in the home studio of engineer & co-producer Andy Lagis (Velvet Sun), this Indie offering is both intelligent and affecting as it reverberates withering social norms through mechanized anxieties to expose the gaping cracks and crevices of a bloated, emergent world. This is an album made in a basement in the "burbs" right outside Chicago, as if hiding from the habitual influences offered by the city looming in the distance. Otherworldly rebels such as Avi Kopernik (ex-From Zero), Robert Palos (Ode), Jason Keppe (ex-La Cassette) and Kevin Becker (Feathergun) assisted in the mix.

A contemporary rock opera of sorts (what can I say, I'm a Kink's fan too), Fifty Pence Piece of Mind gives Miller the voice to spotlight compositions that expose a variety of characters plucked from our own backyards. We are there after all. We all read the dirty ink, hear the broadcast lies, and watch the televised Big Brother ooze its message across our living room floors. And in that arena Miller chants "Money & Movie Stars", breathlessly wonders "Why is the Bed so Wet" and hauntingly declares "What Are We Waiting for Now".

Native Chicagoan Rich Miller is a singer, a songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist. In 1999 he released Elysium under the alias Spill and in 2002 he released waiting for the tide under Richard Neal Miller. Through these samplings Waiflike has emerged, and Fifty Pence Piece of Mind effectively showcases the results.

Needless to say there is a lot to get keyed up about, and I for one cannot wait for the next offering from the basement in the burbs. To crank it up to concert volume or tone it down to suit your Lava Lamps, the album urges one's attention to every song, every lyric lilting. But it is in "Plastic Pigs" that Miller creates a rock opus magnum: lighters lit and fans swaying to a song that warns duplicity, and dares it to continue least it unite us all in song. And so it is Waiflike, that ethereal voice lifting from the other side of consciousness that offers listeners Fifty Pence Piece of Mind - each and every listen.
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