Richards is the Original Riot Grrrl and the Fairytale Queen all
rolled up into one unbelievably talented artist. She belongs in
the Avante Garde of today's music, forever changing, evolving, true
to herself." - J. Tomkins
Richards is an uncompromising Artist in the broadest sense of the
word: singer, songwriter, composer, illustrator and writer. Considered as a nonconformist by independent
critics, Monica Richards surpasses current fad and fancy, expressing
instead her personal truths and life's path through her music and
art that reaches fans throughout the world.
In over twenty years as a front woman in Underground music, Monica
Richards has a well-deserved reputation of the highest respect for
her powerful voice and theatrical stage presence. An old school
punk rocker who began writing songs at the age of 15, her sharp,
intelligent lyrics and musical talents are the highlights of Faith
and the Muse, as well as her solo music.
Hate From Ignorance
singing in her early teens, fronting a number of bands (Hate
From Ignorance:82-'83, Madhouse: 83-'86)
during the heyday of the Washington D.C. hardcore punk scene. She
performed at the same time as other well-known D.C. Punk bands -
Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and SOA (Henry Rollins' first band), and
was one of the earliest female singers in the harDCore scene.
Her early days
are well documented in books that chronicle the harDCore scene:
"Banned In D.C." [Connolly/Clague/Cheslow] and "Dance
of Days" [Anderson/Jenkins], which can be found on Amazon.com,
Tower Records, and any bookstore that sells Independent publishers.
Boutique in 1987 with the intention of exploring a more
art-driven style of music. With Daniel Ingram (Ex-Untouchables/Youth
Brigade/Madhouse), Ex-Beefeater guitarist Fred "Freak"
Smith, and the addition of bassist Steve Willett in 1988, the band's
first EP, "Easter Island" was released in the Spring of
1989, showcasing Monica's more refined voice and the band's diverse
Boutique released 3 CDs on their own Bedazzled records label,
performed throughout the U.S. and even in the UK in support of for
Killing Joke before the band broke up in late 1993. Monica
Richards reunited with Strange Boutique for a Reunion show in Washington
D.C. on July 3rd, 2004, and a 'Best Of' CD of Strange Boutique songs
was released on Metropolis Records, entitled Strange Boutique
- The Collection: 1988-1994.
1993, Monica created Faith
and the Muse with William Faith, (Ex-Mephisto
Walz/Shadow Project/Christian Death) with the purpose of having
no boundaries to their music, reaching across historical genre and
cultural style. Amidst a diverse musical background ranging from
Dark Alternative Rock and Electronica to World Music & Neo-Classical,
to Jazz, Avant Garde and Folk, Faith and the Muse allowed
Monica to combine her love of art, theater and music.
the release of five albums and one double CD live/remix album, along
with extensive touring throughout the U.S. and Europe over the last
11 years (more than 250 performances), the band managed to gain
the attention of a vast assortment of music fans, owing to their
constantly evolving sound: indefinable but unmistakable. Faith
And The Muse have been called “an art band with a
pop sensibility”; artists in the truest sense, refusing to
conform to current fads in music, a high caliber of musical output
in their wake - integrity without question. Well-known and widely
respected in the Underground community, Faith And The Muse have
already made their indelible mark on Independent music and culture.
Monica's theatrical side and penchant for costume are released full
force, allowing her a larger-than-life presence on stage.
Infrawarrior Live Show
In 2009. Faith and the Muse released : ankoku butoh : CD/DVD/Book set which featured a new album plus a DVD of their 2007 Convergence Festival show as well as new and rare videos. The : ankoku butoh : Book was a 30 page piece of art, lyrics and poetry created by Monica. In 2011, F&TM released a live DVD : shoumei : which documents the : ankoku butoh : live tour.
released her solo CD, InfraWarrior in 2007, an electro-tribal work focusing on "the power within" as well as songs based on Matriarchal mythological themes with all the cultural echoes, elements and seasonal faces they present. The connection between Woman and Nature is a prominent theme in Monica's work...
In 2011, Monica Richards brought her personas of 'InfraWarrior' to vivid life with an interactive multimedia performance. Like theater, the film interacted with Monica on every song to create a living art piece.
In January, 2012, Monica released, NAIADES to wide critical acclaim, working with new collaborator and partner, renowned horror writer and musician, Steve Niles. With the help of fans who donated, Naiades was a very unique release, a 32 page hardcover book featuring exlusive art from today's most innovative artists. The music carried classical as well as rock and ambient styles, all themed around the water nymphs and sea creatures.
2013 brings the new album in the works: KINDRED. Monica is currently at work, and you can donate here to be a part of this album.