Rich Balling

Rich Balling
Also known asR. Loren, Rich Loren, The Nightingale
Genres Post-hardcore, Indie rock, Experimental rock, Metal, Shoegaze
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Musician, Producer, Teacher
Instruments Vocals, Electronics, Trombone
Years active1995-present
Labels Hydra Head, Epitaph, Equal Vision, Small Doses, Aurora Borealis, Drive-Thru, MCA
Associated actsPyramids, Sailors With Wax Wings, White Moth, The Sound of Animals Fighting, Rx Bandits


Affluent Balling (also called R. Loren or Affluent Loren) can be an American musician, maker, and curator. He’s most widely known for his function in Pyramids, as well as the Sound of Pets Fighting. He’s a former person in Rx Bandits as well as the editor of two books, Trend on Canvas and its own sequel Trend on Canvas 2. Balling happens to be involved in several tasks using his initial preliminary and middle name, R. Loren: Pyramids, Sailors With Polish Wings, and Light Moth. He’s also the owner-operator of Handmade Wild birds Records, and shows high school British Literature.


Rx Bandits

His profession started with Rx Bandits, when the music group was founded in 1995 and he worked at Drive-Thru Information during the first stages from the label. In 2001, following the tours around the launch of their third record “Improvement”, Balling still left the music group, citing frustrations he previously with certain areas of the music sector.

Revolution on Canvas

After departing Rx Bandits, Balling lectured on music as well as the music industry as an adjunct faculty member at California Condition University or college, Fullerton, and worked well like a music buyer for Hot Subject Inc., where his passions relocated into anthologizing poetry, essays, and artwork produced by himself and additional music artists who he understood while saving and touring with Rx Bandits. He continued to curate and edit the publication Trend on Canvas: Poetry From your Indie Music Picture, which was released by Warner Books (right now Grand Central Posting) in 2005, and received with essential acclaim.In 2007, Balling continued to create a sequel towards the book, entitled Trend on Canvas 2: Poetry From your Indie Music Picture, again through Warner Books.

The Sound of Animals Fighting

In 2004, within the procedure for publishing both books, Balling ongoing his music career by founding the experimental rock-band The Sound of Pets Fighting, and continued to release 3 albums. In 2005, the music group self-released “Tiger as well as the Duke”, which received reviews that are positive in the mass media, and was reissued in 2007 by Equivalent Vision Information with fresh artwork by Drew Roulette (Dredg), and included reward remixes curated by Balling from significant artists such as for example Portugal THE PERSON, and Evol Purpose. The achievement of the 1st recording led the supergroup release a two even more albums.Balling became heavily influenced from the artwork of discovered poetry through his use the Revolution on Canvas publication series. In 2006, Equivalent Vision Information released the unorthodox “Enthusiast, The Lord Offers Remaining Us...” an recording crafted in the discovered poetry design, whose theme is homage towards the music group’s contemporaries, while evident in its music game titles and lyrics, a lot of that have been gathered from the produces that inspired the experimental tendencies from the music group. The recording’s name was fashioned just as, when Balling contacted Gared O’Donnell (Planes RECOGNISED INCORRECTLY AS Celebrities) to donate a term that may be useful for the recording, and ironically, homage to Gared. The term “Lover, GOD, THE FATHER Has Remaining Us…” may be the 1st lyric inside a music that at that time was not released by Planes RECOGNISED INCORRECTLY AS Stars, but later on appeared on the recording “Mercy”. The recording layout was completed by Stephen O’Malley also called Sunn O))).“The Ocean as well as the Sun” premiered by Epitaph Information in 2008 with artwork by Seldon Hunt.On November 11, 2013, Balling announced The Sound of Pets Fighting will be performing the next March, seven years after their 1st and only additional concerts.


Following the release of the 3rd album using the Sound of Animals Fighting, Balling, having relocated from California to North Tx, relocated onto his next project, Pyramids, where he'd start to record under his first initial and middle name: R. Loren, to be able to forge a fresh musical direction free from influence from previous tasks. Since 2008, the music group offers released three full-length albums on Hydra Mind Records, entitled “Pyramids”, which included reward remixes by significant performers including Jesu, Blut Aus Nord, and Birchville Kitty Motel, “Pyramids with Nadja” including cameos from Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins and Chris Simpson of Nutrient, and a cooperation with Horseback entitled “A Throne WITH OUT A King”. Furthermore, Pyramids released two EPs “Mamiffer/Pyramids” (Hydra Mind Information) and “Pyramids With Wraiths” (Aurora Borealis), a five cassette package entitled “Wvndrkmmer” (Little Doses Information), and a 12” made up of remixes by Lustmord, and Ulver (Hydra Mind Records).

Sailors With Wax Wings and White Moth

This year 2010, Balling founded two even more bands, again recording as R. Loren: Sailors With Polish Wings, and White colored Moth. These rings were large level collaborations curated by Balling, who also performed business lead vocals on both information.Sailors With Polish Wings is a cooperation between Balling and well known performers Simon Scott (Slowdive), Wayne Blackshaw, Vern Rumsey (Unwound), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Dominick Fernow (while Prurient), Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride-to-be), Colin Marston (Krallice), Aidan Baker (Nadja), Ted Parsons (Godflesh, Swans, Prong), Hildur Gudnadottir, Jessica McWhirter, and Marissa Nadler, with cover artwork by David Tibet (Current 93), and Trust Coloccia (Mamiffer). All lyrics around the album result from the poetry of Stephen Crane, who Balling says seemed to him inside a vision.White Moth is usually a collaboration between Balling and significant artists Lydia Lunch time, Alec Empire (Atari Teenage Riot), Shelby Cinca (Frodus), John Gossard (Weakling, Dispirit), Sam Hillmer (Zs), Dälek, Colin Marston (Krallice), Ashley Scott Jones (Treasure Fingertips), Jacob Kirkegaard, Christoph Heemann, and Charlene Rogers, with album art by Chet W. Scott (Bloodstream of the Dark Owl).Both albums were released on Angel Oven Records.

Handmade Birds Records

In Feb 2011, Balling started a boutique record label called Handmade Parrots. The label started live with the discharge from the LP “When California Falls IN TO THE Ocean” by Evan Caminiti (Barn Owl), and a reissue of Blut Aus Nord’s dark opus “Mort”.Balling was quoted stating the label was a means for him to “collaborate with performers that I really like, acting as a car for the energy, whilst fostering an even of gratitude for artwork and music in my own household that Personally i think will end up being healthy for my two daughters to grow up around.”Within the initial year, Handmade Birds released almost 40 produces. IN-MAY 2012, the label released the debut record of Tx natives Pinkish Dark, and provides released albums from performers as different as Lycia, Merzbow, His Name Is certainly Alive, Group of Ouroborus, Prurient, Light Band and Locrian.


Rx Bandits - Those Damn Bandits (1997) Rx Bandits - Halfway Between Occasionally (1999) Decrease Gherkin/Rx Bandits – Decrease Gherkin/Rx Bandits (1999) Rx Bandits - Improvement (2001) The Audio of Pets Fighting - Tiger as well as the Duke (2005) The Audio of Pets Fighting - Enthusiast, the Lord Offers Still left Us... (2006) The Audio of Animals Fighting with each other – Tiger as well as the Duke: reissue (2007) The Audio of Animals Fighting with each other - The Sea and sunlight (2008) Pyramids – Pyramids (2008) Pyramids – Pyramids with Nadja (2009) Pyramids – Wvndrkmmer (2010) Pyramids – In to the Silent Waves: Ulver and Lustmord remixes (2010) Pyramids/Horseback – A Throne WITH OUT A Ruler (2011) Mamiffer/Pyramids – Mamiffer/Pyramids (2012) Pyramids with Wraiths – Magpie and Raven (2012) Sailors with Polish Wings – Sailors with Polish Wings (2010) White colored Moth – White colored Moth (2010)