DAS RAD is an outfit with Martin Archer (wind / electronica / keys), Steve Dinsdale (percussion / keys) and myself on guitar & loops. Our first album is now out!
A gentle track from the new album
Adios Al Futuro (goodbye to the future) is the second album by Das Rad – the Sheffield-based trio of myself, Martin Archer & Steve Dinsdale. (RAD, geddit?)
Ou self-titled debut album on Discus records 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 “expands and refines their sound, featuring a combination of composed and improvised music, bringing together the personalities of the musicians”.
The album was released this weekend and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a free “Das Rad Magic Cube” – a chance to practice origami while enjoying the music. There’s a possible accusation of bias, but we recommend you invest in both!
Working on mixes of some improv pieces for “Hallo Europa”, the next album by Das Rad, thought I’d share a snippet of live guitar looping (and why not?)
Some footage of the band (Martin Archer, Steve Dinsdale, Nick Robinson) working on their debut album with Jan Todd at the desk…
We’ve just spent two days fueled with creative adrenalin to lay the groundwork for our first album. Endless thanks to Jan Todd, who “rode the faders” and to Mrs A, who supplied gastronomic delights 😉
More details to follow
Here’s the audio (45 minutes) from our gig in 2016 – better late than never – these things must be done delicately!
Looking forward to a weekend of recording for the first album from DAS RAD – we’re exchanging ideas by the web – wish I’d had this facility 30 years ago 😉
Our second outing was part of the day of Discus Music at the 3 Cranes, part of the Tramlines Festival. Playing (somewhat unusually) during the daytime, Martin, Steve and I played just a single piece, lasting over 7 hours. Maybe. Photos by Kathy and others 😉
And here’s a short video extract from the gig – for the full show you’ll have to buy the DVD 😉
Closing passages from the debut performance of DAS RAD at a medieval building in Sheffield. June 24 2016. Thanks to Jez for the video, Steve for the audio & Jan for the lighting…