The Summer single, released before the album came out, featuring tracks unavailable elsewhere. The theme of the EP was 'Past, Present and Future', with Anything's Possible being the present and Monkey Three the past.
Here's the gloss on the title track:
The Miserable Rich have long been fans of the work of the legendary John Barry: it is a compliment indeed to have anyone say your work sounds a bit Barryesque...
Holed-up in a countryside retreat, looking for new sounds and recording a new album, the band heard of John Barry's death and spent a booze and nostalgia-fuelled evening searching YouTube to find the best of the legend's work, sharing their favourite pieces and soundtracks.
Getting together for a jam later that night, they couldn't help but be influenced by the slinky, sexy Barry style, and Anything's Possible was born.
The lyric and title - a long-dead lover trying to rekindle the sexual flames of his past life, using music to get under the skin of his partner left on the other side - was directly influenced by the oft-noted sexual nature of Barry's themes.
Anything's Possible is both a tribute to the much admired maestro and an introduction to a new, bolder sound for The Miserable Rich, featuring David 'Badlace' Schlechtriemen (Driver Drive Faster) on drums, and mixed by Wolfgang 'Kaneoka One' Gottlieb (Daniel Johnston, Motörhead) - a taster for what is to come on the band's next album...
On the artwork:
James stumbled across the striking artwork of Grammy nominated Stanley Chow on Facebook. Investigating further, he kept seeing Stan's illustrations everywhere - film-makers' screensavers, friends' Facebook walls, twitter links and iphone apps etc. Drawn to Stan's 'Alternative Alphabet' - A is for Audrey, S is for Stockings, and J is for James, featuring caricatures of all the Bond actors - James attached the image in his email to Wolfgang, pointing out the 'Bond' vibe of TMR's new tune.
Long story short - turns out there are a few mutual friends: Stan agreed to do a pastiche of his J is for James illustration, the go-ahead was given, and a top piece of band pop art seemed inevitable...
released 06 June 2011
Artwork by Stanley Chow - adapted from his print "J Is For James" - see www.stanleychow.co.uk
The mystery sixth figure in the artwork is David "Badlace" Schlechtriemen, who played drums on this track and on the new album, as well as being the recording engineer for the album sessions.
Mixed and Mastered by Kaneoka One @ Hazelwood Studios, Frankfurt.