Richard Warren has toured extensively with Spiritualized, and Mark Lanegan's Soulsavers, playing on and co-engineering Spiritualized's highly acclaimed 2008 album 'Songs in A&E'. as well as performing on Soulsavers 'It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way That You Land' and co writing two songs on 'Broken'. he was signed to Mute Records as Echoboy after Daniel Miller heard his self-released 12' Flashlegs and released several self-produced albums on Mute, as well as remixing, producing and playing with other bands, including Starsailor and his own the Cold Light Of Day. He was famously asked by Noel Gallagher to join Oasis, which led the Sun newspaper to claim 'he's not mad for it - he's just mad', when he turned down the job. 'The Wayfarer' has deep blues, almost Lynchian in their haunting twang. Brutally sparse, occasionally embellished with thunderous, spector-esque arrangements, conjuring up spirits of the death-balladeers of the fifties. Reviews so far... for The Wayfarer 'Twanging like Roy Orbison and kicking up dust Gun Club style' Uncut *** 'Think Bon Iver 'For Emma Forever Ago' as reimagined by a heartbroken Rock and Roll desperado in 1958' Album Of The Month The Crack 'One of the best albums of 2011, if not for a few years, listen now' Middle Bop Mag 'It's a uniformally impressive collection in fact, but the standout here is easily the multifaceted tittle track, which unfurls over 6 minutes from graveyard acoustic strum into an epic murder ballad that Nick Cave would be proud to call his own' 8/10 Subba-Cultcha Reviews for 'Laments' NME 50 BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR SO FAR 'This long player is a sampler woven from many strands but the unifying influence (claimed by many deserved by few) is that of Big Star' NME ' This then is Warren grappling with the American greats, and when country is in the mix, he easily comes out on top' MOJO *** 'Warren has struck Gold. He has a genuine belief in the redemptive power of rock music, taking in gospel, protest folk and country soul. It feels like Alex Chilton passed through the studio on his way out of this world'. NME 8/10 'This utterly intriguing and mesmerising album from Richard Warren came totally out of the blue, and while there was an immediate recognition of some of the influences,and touchstones being worked from, it took a few listens to latch on to how good it really is'. BUCKETFUL OF BRAINS THE WAYFARER Warren returns with a new studio album 'The Wayfarer', released on 17 October 2011 on TV Records, the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut 'Laments'. Nine songs written and recorded in a cellar through the winter of 2010. His most elemental compositions to date, stripped to a brutally sparse frame and occasionally decorated with thunderous, Spector-charged arrangements, his newly cultivated baritone slur conjuring up spirits of the death-balladeers of the Fifties.'It's a collection of raw sketches' explains Warren, 'I got tired of lengthy, expensive studio trickery, life's too short.' Right from the opening, echo-soaked, garage-soul lullaby 'Rivington Street', you sense that Warren's view of the world is witnessed through a dim, despairing eye rather than a rose-tinted lens. (This is reflected in the wonderfully stark, monotone packaging.) At the record's heart lies the title track, a three-part, epic protest song. It drags us through some unfamiliar, driving folk-punk and is full of the fire and working class pride which seeps into the veins of the rest of this deep yet uncomplicated set. Warren's 2010 debut 'Laments' was heartily received, the NME stating, 'It feels like Alex Chilton passed through the studio on his way out of this world.'. The good news is that Alex is still here,guiding the low-down, blues-pop of 'The Lonesome Singer In The Apocalypse Band' and the rockabilly swagger of 'Johnny Johnny'. But this time round he's also called in the ghost of Jeffrey Lee Pierce to approve the heavy southern sway of 'The Willow' and 'The Backslider', and the spirit of Jimmie Rodgers to watch over the country-weepers 'Through The Fire', 'Wasteland' and 'My Heart (Ragged And Broken)'. Warren was born in a small mining town in the midlands of England in 1973.Since beginning his musical career in the mid 90s he's never had the opportunity to rest on his laurels, and that's no doubt why his career has remained so mercurial. From the dynamic power-pop of 'The Hybirds', to an ephemeral burst of cult success as sonic explorer 'Echoboy', not to mention a few revolutions of the planet as guitar-man for hire with Spiritualized and Soulsavers (featuring Mark Lanegan). He's been out road-testing 'The Wayfarer' live and the shows have been described as 'Lynchian', one reviewer also commenting that they are the 'songs of a man who's seen it all and was largely unimpressed'.