Local band richlife base their sound around the classic rock bands of the 70’s and 80’s but with a modern twist. Even with their oldest member barely out of his teens, richlife have built up considerable gig experience having played alongside the likes of The Sugababes, Jamelia, Mark Owen, Rachel Stevens, Girls Aloud and the legendary Slade.
Vocalist Richard Sharples and drummer Nathan Anderson-Barr are both currently at college studying music technology and were only 13 and 14 when they created the band in 2002. Since then, the band has experienced a name change and a new line-up, with members James Archer, bass guitar, and Ben Gurney, lead guitar, joining in 2003.
Both James are Ben are currently studying Music Technology at Staffordshire University and it was here that Ben wrote much of the bands original material.
More recently, richlife were the main support for Coventry band Rattlesnake Remedy in a show at The Barfly in Birmingham, which led to a headline spot at the venue.
Rich, the 18 year old front man, has a soaring voice that brings to mind a young Paul Rodgers or Roger Daltrey. With a style that ranges from mid-tempo rock to harder-edged numbers laden with hooks and gritty guitar riffs, richlife are quickly building a strong fan base through their infectious sound.
The latest single from richlife is called ‘No Place Like Home’ and is the official single for Prince Williams charity - Centrepoint, the leading UK national charity working with homeless and socially excluded young people. This latest single is available for download from most major download stores together with their debut single ‘What You Wanna Be’, which was also featured in a British Tourist Authority promotional CD and sent to 15,000 US and Canadian University Students in spring 2007.
To view a sample of richlife’s performance at the NEC follow the link: youtube