Mia Riddle

Mia Riddle

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Mia Riddle and Her Band play quirky indie rock that makes heartache deliciously sweet. This is music for sleeping in the tall grass, songs your heart already knows, a voice that surprises with its force and feeling.

Biography


“A standout act with a bright future, Mia Riddle and Her Band are stars in the making.” – LVHRD Magazine

"Both charming and remarkably intellectual...not a single track should be passed up...as good as it gets.”
– The Owl Mag

"...a voice to die for." - Last Hours Magazine

“An understated gem full of dark beauty.”
– Americana-uk.com

It was a strange one, that first tour. A friend’s leaky hatchback carried Mia on a crisscrossing journey making stops in some of the more little-traveled destinations that the UK has to offer. "I remember the very first shows of the first tour, I was playing with hardcore and metal bands, and I was like ‘there's no way I'm getting up there, I'm going to be knifed,’” she told punknews.co.uk. Luckily, no violence befell her, and instead she found herself playing to living rooms and pubs packed with admirers.

Three UK tours, three albums, and one full band later, Mia Riddle and Her Band are continuing to gain momentum. Their 2006 full-length album Tigers has garnered universally glowing reviews: "If it is a brief trip to bliss you're looking for, Tigers is likely as good as it gets." said The Owl Mag. The band shares the spotlight in a refreshingly generous way; Dan’s admirable guitar hooks and David’s intuition as a drummer never overshadow and always enhance the material. The songs haunt and surprise, and intelligent arrangements help engender a timeless, original sound.

Word of mouth grabbed the attention of acclaimed Brooklyn producer Rod Sherwood (Au Revoir Simone, Pela, Jen Chapin), who’s now recording the band’s sophomore effort. Hatchet Lake will be an album evoking the porches and stoops of the band’s good mother, Brooklyn. Expect stomp-on-the-floor grooves and a new, lusher sound which remains fiercely organic. With the welcome addition of multi-instrumentalist Laurel, the band is pulling off more complex arrangements, more bittersweet harmonies, and evolving beyond the simplicity and delicacy of Tigers.

Mia Riddle and Her Band will be road-testing the new material on their summer tour of France and the UK. Look for the four-song EP advance version of Hatchet Lake at shows.

Lyrics

California

Written By: Mia Riddle

I'm travelin' on the range, and I'm feelin' pretty strange, cause my horse has up and carried me away. I meant to go to town, but he turned us both around, so now I'm leavin' Cal-iforn-i-ay.
Some say it's just fine to be a little lost
When you're young you do not calculate the cost
of pickin' up and leavin' all the folks you've been deceivin'
since you knew you were a city girl at heart...
You can't get goin' if you never start.
(chorus)
Oh, please, take me home
I did not mean to roam
Won't you take me where the sun shines every day
Where the ocean meets the land
That's where I wanna stand
Take me back to Californ-i-a.

Oh California please
won't you come to visit me
in my deepest and most lonliest
of my Brooklyn reveries
California, please forgive me

(chorus)
Oh, please, take me home
I did not mean to roam
Won't you take me where the sun shines every day
I've been foolish in my life
There's been sorrow, there's been strife
Please forgive me Californ-i-a

Tigers

Written By: Marisa Riddle

Come sweetly, tiger, your lions and bears just behind
you know the steps, neatly spin your spin strong and blind

I sat down, and the tiger followed suit
they multiply, oh and now there's two
feel the scratch of lion's paw
must I dance with each and all?

Four tigers, three bears, two lions
these cares stalk each step
ferocious and lean
toothsome and mean

The bear's turn, he will do a quick soft-shoe
and lion chimes in with some nice kazoo
feel the tremor of his roar
tiger claps and shouts for more

Eight tigers, six lions, four bears
are tying me up so I can't get away
"the party's just starting you simply must stay"

round and round she goes

Ten tigers, 8 bears, six lions
just stare
they're at the end of my bed
sing me to sleep just to bite off my head

Bird

Written By: Mia Riddle

There's a bird trapped in this room
that's what you get, leaving your window open
get the broom, we'll get it out somehow
we have to

I hope it's not me, crashing crazy
well we'll see in the morning
dead or alive rewards are fine
for taking up mistaken warnings

one false move he'll move no more
too mixed up to find the door

Discography

"Hatchet Lake," anticipated Winter 2007

"Tigers," self-released July 2006- heard on internet radio stations worldwide.

"Tender" EP, 2006-heard on various UK college radio stations and internet radio stations worldwide.

"The Ship of Dreams" EP, Clean It Up! Records, UK 2005- heard on various UK college radio stations and internet radio stations worldwide.

Set List

Caretaker
Thunderstorm
Summer at the Algonquin Hotel
Bird
Forgive Me
Say What You Want
Open Wide
Too Late
Homesick
Tigers
California

(All original songs)
Sets vary from 30-50 minutes, depending on time allowed.