Laik Tors is the third album from the Sheffield-based trio of Robinson/Archer/Dinsdale, aka Das Rad, due out soon. It follows their eponymous debut and follow-up “Adios Al Futuro”, both of which featured in Prog Rock “Top 20” charts and helped push the band towards the forefront of modern progressive music. Both attracted some rave reviews, neatly summarised by “they seem to encapsulate and deconstruct the entire history of British avant-rock in one fell swoop”.
Their new offering is a natural progression, building on and refines their core sound, which features a combination of composed and improvised music. The trio have many overlapping musical influences and a shared love of the joys of improvisation. However, it is the melding of their unique individual styles that brings it together within a modern context. Sid Smith says of their new album:
“Is it jazz? Is it rock? Is it folk? Is it prog? Is it electronica? The answer is all of the above and probably a lot more besides. Not that Das Rad care and neither should you. Energetic, incisive and infused with an inquisitive, passionate spirit, Das Rad create music that goes where it needs to. Do what you can to join them on that journey.”
Nick Robinson – guitars, keyboards, electronics
One of England’s only professional origami artists, with over 100 books on the subject to his name. His early musical career included Typhoon Saturday, (who spawned chart-toppers “Living in a Box”). Another band was Dig Vis Drill and he had a spell with local cult heroes the Comsat Angels. Robinson began to explore improvised music (supporting Archer’s band “Bass Tone Trap” at a local gig!). His path led to his current situation performing and recording solo, looped guitar soundscapes.
Martin Archer – woodwind, keyboards, synth bass, electronics
A composer / improviser who is equally at home on stage or in the studio. His own distinctive saxophone playing is rooted in AACM jazz. Through his use of keyboards and electronics, and as a studio producer, he extends this interest into extended song form and leftfield rock music. His principal music outlet is through Discus Music, the imprint for his various releases. His projects are many and various!
Steve Dinsdale – drums, keyboards, electronics
Formed electronic improvising trio Radio Massacre International playing keyboards, electronics and drums and over a 25-year career have played dozens of concerts in the UK, Europe and America. Performed as Drummer and/or Floor Percussionist with the Damo Suzuki Network on some half dozen occasions, one of which has led to a number of collaborations with Martin Archer including Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere which was founded in 2009 and has since made four albums, and Engine Room Favourites the 10-piece Jazz ensemble.
Composed, improvised, edited, arranged & produced by Das Rad
Artwork – Nick Robinson
Band photograph – Kathy Dinsdale
Peter Rophone – choral voices on “Mauger Hay”