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"Fifty Pence Piece of Mind" is the debut disc by Waiflike, the brainchild of Richard Neal Miller, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Richard writes moody music that is catchy and clever and lyrics that are both interesting and intense. "Fifty Pence Piece of Mind" was recorded and mixed in late 2004-early 2005 in Northbrook, IL in the home studio of exceptional engineer & creative co-producer Andy Lagis. The songs were mastered at Signal Sound Source in Chicago by George Langis. While "Fifty Pence Piece of Mind" is a solo album, Richard had help from graceful guitarist Robert Palos (Ode), soulful saxophonist Jason Keppe and bassists Kevin Becker & Avi Kopernik. By listening to the melodic, melodramatic "Money & Movie Stars" the gritty "Glass of Something" the whimsical "Why is the Bed so Wet" the weighty "What Are We Waiting for Now" the pensive but polished "Plastic Pigs" the noisy but narcoleptic "Not At All Alone" the melancholy and moody "My Baby Backed Over My Heart Again" and the cathartic "Cabbage & Cadavers", it is clear that Richard is capable of crafting compelling compositions. In a peculiar period of pretentious pop pointed at pubescent pawns, Richard learned to search his soul, grab his guitar and make music.

Richard began singing and playing rhythm guitar in the band God's Green Earth in 1992. After 5 years of focusing his time & energy on writing, recording and performing original songs with God's Green Earth, Richard left in 1997 to pursue a solo career. Richard released "Elysium" under the alias Spill in 1999 and "Waiting for the Tide" in 2002 under his given name, Richard Neal Miller.

In December, 2007, Richard met bassist Jeff Harrison and then found drummer Lucas Frantom in May, 2008. With a live lineup in place, Waiflike began performing at venues in Chicago including Underground Lounge, Silvie's Lounge and Martyrs.

In February, 2009 Jeff Harrison left Waiflike to pursue other opportunities which led to the addition of Rick Arrow (bassist) and Mark Vee (keyboardist/2nd guitarist). Rick was the bassist/tiple/mandolin player for Revelator prior to joining Waiflike and Mark is an excellent multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter.

In 2009, Waiflike Mach II (Richard, Lucas, Rick & Mark) recorded 4 new songs that Richard wrote: “Being Apes”, “Dime Store Daisy”, “Go-getters & Gold Diggers” & “Sober Now”. In November of 2009, Mark Vee parted ways with Waiflike. After Mark left the band, Richard dissolved the band for a few months. However, the 4 songs that the band recorded in 2009 were mixed & mastered in the winter of 2010 by Andy Lagis. Richard posted the songs online in April of 2010 and received many encouraging reactions to the new material.

In the Spring of 2010, Richard & Lucas agreed that the band should reform, at least temporarily. In June, 2010, Rod Homor auditioned and was asked to join Waiflike as the new bassist. Rod played a handful of shows with Richard & Lucas and also took over the booking responsibilities, artwork and website development for the band. In the summer of 2010, Waiflike debuted a new song called “Puppets & Kings” that Richard wrote which was inspired by utter boredom. In October of 2010, after 3 shows with the new lineup, Rod decided to leave the band. Shortly thereafter, Richard decided to put the band on hold again.

In January, 2011, David Bash (founder of the International Pop Overthrow Festival) asked Richard if Waiflike would like to play a show in Chicago in the spring of 2011. This proposition motivated Richard to once again resurrect the band. Waiflike played on Saturday, April 23rd at The Abbey Pub in Chicago. Lennie Dietsch (Verbow, The Ladies & Gentlemen) played bass, Lucas Frantom (A Goldfish Named Blade, The Loafers) played drums and Waiflike opened for the reunited Material Issue at this show. Richard enjoyed this experience but after this show, he decided to keep the live band simmering on the back burner until further notice.

In November of 2012, Richard started recording a brand new Waiflike song called "Peace & Love" with Andy Lagis (Anthrax). Richard hopes to include this song on a new Waiflike EP (tentatively titled "Crooked Pharmacists") to be released in 2013 along with the songs “Being Apes”, “Dime Store Daisy”, “Go-getters & Gold Diggers”, “Puppets & Kings” and “Sober Now”.

Waiflike will be playing for the first time in 2 years at David Bash's Twelfth Annual International Pop Overthrow Music Festival at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 18 at Red Line Tap (7006 N Glenwood Ave in Chicago, IL)! $10 cover charge. Drummer Lucas Frantom & new live bassist Avi Kopernik will be joining Richard for this performance.

Richard will also be interviewed on The Razor & Die Show on WLUW/88.7 FM around 2:30 pm on Friday, April 12, 2013.