Vile Richard is comprised of singer/songwriters Olaf Alders and Andrew Vanhorn, joined by a quirky collective of musical friends and neighbours. Alders and Vanhorn have been seen and heard across Eastern Canada, performing live on TV and radio from Hamilton to Halifax. Notable venues include Toronto's CityTV and Edge 102 radio, ATV/CTV in Atlantic Canada and Ottawa's "The New RO".
In 2003, Vile Richard started off by releasing, "Lucky Me", a rock album which owes a great debt to Matthew Sweet, Elliot Smith and the Lemonheads. The band then toured Eastern Canada opening for Mike Trebilcock (Killjoys) in support of the album.
2005 sees the band proudly announcing the birth of their second child, How to Find and Fascinate a Mistress. The sophomore album finds the band picking up some new instruments (banjo and glockenspiel) and recording the album in their own studio. Creating the tracks in their own studio, Vanhorn and Alders have been free to experiment with a sound that blends aspects of traditional country with their own rock roots. The result is an album that is firmly stuck somewhere between folk and rock, with a distinctive Canadian sound, drawing comparisons with Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies and Great Big Sea. VIEW magazine calls it:
"...intellectually driven, quirky folk songs that can be simultaneously cute and bittersweet, fraught with literary allusion and sung with sentimentality."
Ric Taylor, VIEW Magazine, (Hamilton, ON) Sept 2005
Olaf Alders Singer/ songwriter/ guitar/ vocals
Andrew Vanhorn Singer/ songwriter/guitar/vocals
Chris St. Pierre Bass/Vocals