Idle Mirth
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Idle Mirth


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"A Uniquely Mischievous Sound"

"Every once in a while a uniquely mischievous sound will slither out of the radio and insulate the dark recesses of the public's conscious (examples being NIN's "Closer" and Fiona Apple's "Criminal"). Idle Mirth specializes in these slices of sultry, neo-psychedelic darkness. A swirling cocoon of ethereal yet impacting melody, loaded with percolating electro-ticks and wiry, creative guitar." ~Cincinnati's City Beat - Cincinnati's City Beat


We have had two songs released on Skipping Discs: "My Eyes Have Seen You," on the CD "Love Her Madly: New Women artists Cover the Doors;" and "Another World," on the CD "Different for Girls: Women Artists and Female Fronted Bands Cover Joe Jackson."

Idle Mirth - a self-titled 6-song EP released on our own What About Records? label.

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Idle Mirth began when David Lee answered an ad that Charlene put in the local weekly, Everybody's News. In '94 she joined his band, then called Middle Earth. In '96, Charlene moved to Tucson, but never found the musical kinship there that she had with David. They kept recording together, with David writing the music and sending 4-track tapes to Charlene, which she filled with vocals. Their first 10 songs were recorded via the USPS. By 1999 Charlene was ready to come "home" and record with David, renaming the band Idle Mirth. William joined Idle Mirth in 2001 out of his love of the music and his love for David and Charlene. In 2004 Patrick Deem joined on drums to complete what has become an extraordinary rock band.

David is a pianist by training, but a guitarist by will and love. His sounds are constantly changing as he is quite an explorer and adventurer in music writing. His influences have been such artists/bands as REM, Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, and Pink Floyd. William is a guitarist and bass player and is extraordinary in both areas. His skill is amazing, and his taste is impeccable. He adds some lighthearted fun and groove to the live show, and his contribution to the music is utterly priceless. His influences include Sly and the Family Stone, the Rolling Stones, Jimmi Hendrix, and Parliament.

David has gone so far as to build his own pedals, and his songs are never without a strong and identifiable personal sound. When you hear a David Lee arrangement, you know it's his.

Charlene is an earnest and honest singer and lyricist. Her voice is strong, sultry, sometimes haunting, sometimes playful, sometimes sweet. Her influences include Kristin Hersh, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Talking Heads, Throwing Muses, and Neil Young.