Spank that plank!

adios sessions (2)

Here’s a quick snippet of guitar from a track on our forthcoming  album “Laik Tors”. We didn’t want you to think Nick has gone pentatonic in his old age 😉

Miniatures 2020

miniatures promo

Here’s our contribution to the anniversary release of Miniatures 2020!

Adios review: Kulturni magazin

Adios cover

Wow, the Wheel is treading! Despite all the strange attributes of noise, flight, improvisation, etc. it all comes together in a hellishly shaped sense! The wheel = wheel. Martin Archer prepared it nicely for us. Perhaps he will never get involved in the publishing deeds of his Discus Music. Whether he releases unique recordings by […]

Das Bernie

in the studio

We had a special guest at our last recording sessions…

Guest vocals on DR3

pete rophone

We’re delighted that Peter Rophone will contribute to our next album (as yet untitled). He has an extraordinary voice, which I think bears comparison to the late Jeff Buckley. We’ve sent him a suitably spacious piece and asked him to work his magic. Can’t wait to hear what he comes up with! Here’s a track […]

Festive greetings from Das Rad

xmas 2020

Thanks to all those who have supporting the band during this difficult year, through ordering, promoting, reviewing or simply enjoying. We sincerely hope for better times ahead! We have sold half of our limited edition 10″ vinyl and will be having more cut in the New Year. Our third album is well under way. Who […]

QuaranJazz interview

radio show

Our Martin was interviewed about his label & career, plus “Inside Reverse” gets an airing 😉  

Test-cuttings!

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Our lathe-man Jon has sent these short clips of the test cuts (not presses!) in action. It’s sounding great! Not too late to order one before they sell out. http://dasrad.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/vinyl1.mp4http://dasrad.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/vinyl2.mp4

Kindling Discus

kindling

So here’s a nice little thing. Our label Discus Music has a pal and broadcaster from Constellations Radio – Will McGiven, who has created a 85 minute mix from a whole range of Discus Music releases, and here it is free for you to download! – although you can make a donation if you wish. […]

Rythmes Croises review

Adios cover

First of all, Steve Dinsdale, who plays drums and sometimes keyboards in the legendary English electronic trio Radio Massacre International. Then there’s Nick Robinson, an absolute ace of guitar loops, which he brings to life, evolve and disappear at will, like a magician of sound. Finally, Martin Archer, who as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, plays saxophone, […]

Das Rad on vinyl!

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Two new tracks on 10” VINYL (plus download once the vinyl is sold out) in a strictly limited edition of just 50 physical copies, signed and numbered. Buy now to secure your copy – shipping will be early December 2020. As vinyl lovers from our younger days, Discus Music always hoped to revisit the format […]

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Jon Short

Starting with proto jazz-rockers March the Third and playing cello on a Pulp single, Jon Joined Nick in the 80s for a promising outfit called “Harriet”, with a singer who later wrote for Tina Turner and won awards. 

Sadly it fell through and Jon formed Deep Sky Divers, a feted ambient duo. 

Chosen by Das Rd not only for his consummate playing but also because his surname matched a letter from the band acronym!

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Nick Robinson

His early musical career included Typhoon Saturday, (who spawned chart-toppers “Living in a Box”)  who had a deal with Polydor and released 3 singles to minimal success.

Another band was Dig Vis Drill. Those that saw them in the early 80’s felt this band were destined for greatness. They had a unique and awesome sound, a live act second to none, they were confrontational, challenging, intelligent and fronted by motor-mouth Ogy McGrath, a cross between Woody Allen and Attila the Hun.

From the mid 80s, Robinson began to explore improvised music (supporting Archer’s band “Bass Tone Trap” at a local gig). His path led to his current main activity performing and recording solo, looped guitar soundscapes. 

You can check out his discography on his site, along with extensive information, audio, video and a blog covering midi, ableton and live looping amongst other topics. You can find more of his music on his Bandcamp page and his solo CD was released by Discus Music in 2022, attracting rave reviews from Adrian Belew, Steve Hackett and others.

Robinson and Archer had played a variety of gigs together in different formations so when Martin suggested bringing drummer Steve Dinsdale into the mix, Das Rad was born, later to be augmented by his old musical sparring partner Jon on bass.

Nick is one of England’s only professional origami artists, with over 100 books on the subject to his name.

Steve Dinsdale

Drummer/Keyboardist cut his teeth on the Teesside and Sheffield music scenes  before moving to London in the late 80’s. Drummed with Honey Smugglers who recorded indie-classic single `Listen’ in 1990, and who are still asked regularly to appear on period compilations.

Joined T.V. Eye alongside ex-members of Eat and future celebrity-botherer and `Game Of Thrones’ star Paul Kaye. Gave up dreams of stardom after returning from holiday to find that said singer had gone off to live on a Kibbutz, and the guitarist was suddenly number one in the charts with a record he’d arranged for an unknown female singer with an eye patch.

Formed electronic improvising trio Radio Massacre International playing keyboards, electronics and drums with oldest friends and collaborators Duncan Goddard and Gary Houghton, who over a 25-year career have played dozens of concerts in the UK, Europe and USA as well as appearing on an MTV Europe co-host. The discography currently stands at some 60 or more releases including a trio of albums for acclaimed US label Cuneiform, and five solo albums made over the last ten years.

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.

And now…Das Rad.