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Snake Smile

by Drew Richter

Released 2015 Snake Smile is a dark acoustic driven introspection on love and other random demons. Beautiful harmonies on venomous lyrics. Drew Richter : Snake Smile
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Man Who Sold His Soul
4:01 album only
2. I Doubt You Would Notice
4:25 album only
3. Moment I Was Broken
4:27 album only
4. I Am In
4:02 album only
5. Always Something in the Way
3:36 album only
6. Snake Smile
4:46 album only
7. Learn to Be Mean
4:12 album only
8. One Breath Away
4:09 album only
9. Drink to No One
3:40 album only
10. Whatever Happened to You
3:45 album only
11. Reasons Are My Own
4:42 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
One of North Alabama’s notable singer /songwriters. Born in Huntsville, Alabama, he first made a name for himself as the guitar player for the 80's Gothic band A Symptom of Leisure (ASOL) and co-wrote the band's 1985 self-titled album. ASOL’s album which received wide-spread air-play on college radio throughout the Southeast, was produced and financed by the notorious radio DJ Coyote J. who at the time, was broadcasting his syndicated dark wave radio show “The Edge” from New Orleans’s powerful FM station WQUE.

He has also lived in Tampa, Miami, Amsterdam, London and Spain. He currently spends his time between Florida, Alabama and Nashville. Snake Smile is his first full-length solo release.
He’s formative musical influences began in the early 1980's with the dark sounds coming out of Europe at the time such as Bauhaus, Joy Division and The Cure.

When ASOL split up he was persuaded by a friend to move to Miami and in 1990 moved bohemian style into an overcrowded apartment in the art deco district of South Beach sharing rooms, guitars and music with some of Miami’s best local musicians.

Since his Miami days Drew has lived and worked in London and spent 4 years in Amsterdam writing, playing and blending his influences into his own unique style. His influences include Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Mike Scott. He was quoted recently in the North Alabama Valley Planet "I have my influences but I don’t want to sound like them… it’s more important to be inspired by them". In 2013 and 2014 Valley Planet readers voted Drew as one of the top male vocalist in North Alabama.

Snake Smile is an introspective journey of observations from his travels and experiences in the vein of Somerset Maugham’s literary classic “The Razors Edge”. His songs range from the desperate to the sardonic, accompanied by the soft haunting harmonies of his singing partner Chelsea Cerha.

This 11 song CD was recorded at The Treehouse Music Group in Nashville with Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Chris Faulk, and multi-Grammy winning Songwriter Jodi Marr. Post production mix by Nashville engineer Mike Poole, whose past work includes Robert Plant’s 'Band of Joy' and projects including Alison Krauss, T-Bone Burnett. Poole is also the principle engineer for the TV show “Nashville”.

Drew Richter – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Chelsea Cerha – Backing Vocals
Jeff Keagle - Percussion
Chris Faulk – Guitar, Piano, Percussion
Deanie Richardson - Violin

A Symptom of Leisure - A Symptom of Leisure
Drew Richter – Snake Smile



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Chapman James

Apatholyptic Artistry
Having listened to this album several times I have to say I am struck by the writing most of all. My favorite is 'Reasons Are My Own' which paints a picture of a passive egocentric apathy we all share. and what it takes to nudge a consciousness in to activism rather than spectator-ship. In the wake of terrorism composing fear for many and entertainment for others, this song pulls at the heart of compassion and plants a seed of engagement. Drew's voice, the stitching of the piano and the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Chelsea Cerha that pervade in and out of the background encapsulate the mood into a powerful message. Wonderful job!