The Miserable Rich are a chamber-pop band formed in 2007 and based in Brighton, United Kingdom. The band is known for its distinctive, chamber orchestra sound, created using cello and violin as the primary lead instruments, augmented by double bass, acoustic guitar and occasionally piano. They have released two full length albums, Twelve Ways To Count (2008) and Of Flight & Fury (2010).
The band’s name comes from an experience Will and James had at the wedding of two ultra-rich aristocrats.
They recorded their debut album Twelve Ways To Count at James de Malplaquet’s house in Hove during the summer of 2007. The debut single from the album received positive reviews, including Leftfield Single of the Month in DJ Magazine and widespread airplay, with the band championed in particular by BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley, for whom they have recorded two live sessions. The album itself has received widespread critical acclaim, both in Germany and the UK.
They have toured extensively in Europe, both as headliners, and as support for the likes of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan.
In November 2009 they released an EP of Covers featuring four reworked 80s songs: Golden Brown by The Stranglers, Gigantic by Pixies, Shades by Iggy Pop and Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics.
New album “Of Flight And Fury”, which has been mixed by Al Scott (The Levellers, Eliza Carthy, Asian Dub Foundation), is available now.