What began as a solo studio project by Adrian James – known from his work as designer and violinist of Evanescence – has blossomed into a vibrant live act called “Das Gift.” Defying classification, the music lurks in the spaces between alternative, progressive and Darkwave genres, drawing comparisons with acts including the Cure, Blue October, Hurt and Pink Floyd.
Layered with sitar, string ensemble and kid choir, the band’s upcoming sophomore release is a 19-track album of Pink Floyd covers. “Any Cover You Like” is scheduled for release in early 2010. Featured fan-favorites include, “Comfortably Numb,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Money,” and many more.
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 touching piano ballads are woven through the symphonic album.
The band’s live lineup is: Adrian James (vox, guitar, bass), Robert Dickey (guitar, bass, bgvs), Zach Carpenter (6-string bass), Paul Heller (drums), Dwight Denman (cello), Jeff Strain (upright bass), Deanna Wood (viola), and Sharla Emory (sitar, flute).
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.