Independently released in 2007, the pensive debut “Das Gift” (German for ‘The Poison’) stands an elaborate 14-year endeavor with bilingual lyrics, odd meters, and eclectic instrumentation – from piano to electric mandocello and violin. James points to early albums by Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Cure as inspiration for the pounding tribal drums and pipe organ. Smooth vocal melodies and piano ballads are woven through the symphonic album.
Alternating between guitar, bass, keyboard and even drums, James maintains his trademark emotional vocal delivery for the band’s live shows. Also rotating instruments on stage, Robert Dickey performs on bass, lead guitar and backing vocals. Taran Ware completes the band’s current lineup on drums and backing vocals. Recent shows have also been accompanied by a string ensemble, which promises to be a recurring lagniappe, including Jeff Strain on double bass and Dwight Denman on cello.
With a growing international following – especially in the regional Darkwave and Steampunk communities – the band is based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and available for booking with a 1.5 hour set. The show usually features interpretations of the band’s musical influences, including the songs of The Cure, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.
The band’s second release is slated to be a 19-track Pink Floyd tribute, complete with string ensemble, sitar and kid choir.
Visit the official site at dasgift.com.