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Rain Falls in Grey by Radio Massacre International
Review by Ernest Lilley
Date: 02 October 2007 List Price $18.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Radio Massacre International Official Site / Cuneiform Records Page / Show Article /

"Space Rock" is a weird blend of progressive guitar and electronic music which incorporates a nod towards SF themes, so it's only a mild stretch for us to review Radio Massacre International's newest album here. It's called Rain Falls in Grey and it's their second album with Cunniform Records. In part it's a tribute to Syd Barrett, founding member of the British progressive rock group Pink Floyd, who died last year.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Radio Massacre International is a British trio of Steve Dinsdale (keyboards, electronics, drums), Duncan Goddard (keyboards, electronics, bass) and Gary Houghton (guitar, synthesizers). These three musicians have worked together in various configurations since they were 16 year old students in the 70's and formed R.M.I. in 1993. Their second Cuneiform release (and the band's 27th overall) is something quite different from the band's previous work. Best known for electronic space music for keyboards, electronics and guitars, here Radio Massacre have expanded greatly upon their usual sound and also use conventional rock instrumentation, adding bass and drums, to create a sincere and moving tribute to Syd Barrett, and in doing so, manage to capture some of the psychedelic magic of 1967-1968. This album features a really striking cover by Daevid Allen, which is also a hommage to Syd.

Radio Massacre International Explains:
This album is our way of saying goodbye and thanks to a genuine one-off. His passing had an unexpectedly profound effect, despite the fact that he hadn't been near a guitar in more than 30 years. It forced us to consider what an enormous influence he was, despite his space-ageascendancy and equally rapid burnout. He picked up a zippo lighter, invented glissando guitar and incorporated non-musical sounds into the context of the new psychedelic movement that had hardly had time to leave the conformity of Rhythm & Blues behind. His creation was a particularly English take on what we now call 'rock'...and for those of us engaged in experimental or space rock, the debt is enormous.


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