October 6, 2019

M21 / The Rhodes Less Travelled

From Monday 14th October there will be two new 2CD Radio Massacre International releases available: M21 and The Rhodes Less Travelled

the rhodes less travelled


In 2011 Radio Massacre International made their first appearance at St Clements Church in Chorlton, Manchester. The gig has been documented on a DVD also called M21 which featured highlights of the music played that night.

Many people have named it as possibly their favourite RMI concert performance, and for a while we have thought about releasing it in full together with some remarkable and unheard recordings made during the preparation for the concert. The time has finally come!

We had tracked down a Rhodes Stage Piano and were trying this out for the first time. It surpassed all expectations. The stereo cabinet with built in tremelo which came with it was fully functioning for this magical week only, before rendering itself beyond repair shortly afterwards.

M21 features the entire 45 minute first set, the huge 75 minute second set and the 15 minute encore in full, whilst The Rhodes Less Travelled features what we believe to be some of RMI's finest recordings. Over 2 discs there are short excursions into new territory and vast explorations based around the themes featured in the concert itself.

Rather than make these download only, we felt they should stand alongside RMI's major CD releases which is why they will be manufactured discs presented in digipak format.

We can also say at this stage that we have acquired the full multitrack recordings from our NEARfest concert of 2008, and that they sound amazing. We plan to make the concert available in full as RMI's first Vinyl release in 2020.

There are also brand new recordings in the pipeline...

September 4 2019

RMI are pleased to return to the live stage on Saturday October 12th at The Awakenings Concert Series. It promises to be a great day. RMI will be occupying the late afternoon slot, so don't be late! For those who are geographically disadvantaged, Virtual Tickets will be available as is traditional on such occasions

Awakenings 2019

July 25, 2019

Two New Bandcamp Releases

To mark the 40th anniversary of Duncan and Steve's first band Age Of Berlin, we have released the rehearsal tape from that very day on 23rd July 1979. Taking reference points from Hawkwind and Can, and the welcome DIY ethic prevalent at the time, here they are on electronics and synthesizer alongside bandmates Mark Spybey, Mark Sanderson, Jon Davis and Joe McLeod whipping up an exuberant racket and staking their claim as a genuine 70's band.

The two volume/eight disc Borrowed Atoms collection represents another high water mark for RMI. It was during this period that we played at Klemdag 1997, and indeed the first disc represents part of the preparation for that major concert in Nijmegen.

In early 1998, using 'Plastered In Paris' as a starting point, RMI resolved to make the best double CD we could and play to our strengths. There is a continuity to these pieces which were all recorded in a short and intensive time frame, sometimes literally one after the other.

There is much here which was unreleased, and those pieces which were released are presented in unedited form for the first time.

radio massacre international's sound defies categorization it is more magical than musical. the music is, first and foremost, improvisational. it is loose in structure but also searching. r.m,i. is all about generating the happy accidents that occur at the ever-changing intersection of multiple moving bodies. when two sequences converge fascinating things happen opening rhythmic and textural options that just moments before were closed to view. it is the creation and exploration of those options that dominates what r.m,i. does in its music.