Radio Massacre International ‎– Rain Falls In Grey

Cuneiform Records ‎– Rune 256, Cuneiform Records ‎– rune 256
CD, Album


1 Rain Falls In Grey... 17:11
2 Bettr'r Day-s 11:45
3 Shut Up 4:56
4 Syd 2:46
5 Emissary 8:44
6 Legacy 3:34
7 ... Far Away 10:58

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  • ArtworkDaevid Allen
  • Composed By [All Music Composed By]Radio Massacre International
  • Engineer [Engineered By]Duncan*
  • Guest [Special Guest], Sopranino Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Recorder [Bass Recorder]Martin Archer
  • Guest [Special Guest], Violin [Electric Violin]Cyndee Lee Rule
  • Guitar [Guitars, Glissando Guitar], Synthesizer, Loops [Looper], VocalsGary Houghton
  • Keyboards, Bass Guitar [Bass Guitars], Mellotron, Sequencer [P3 Sequencer]Duncan Goddard
  • Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Loops [Looper], VocalsSteve Dinsdale


Best known for electronic space music, here Radio Massacre International use conventional rock instrumentation (bass, drums) in addition to their usual array of guitars, keyboards and electronics to create a sincere and moving tribute to Syd Barrett, and manage to capture some of the psychedelic magic of 1967-1968.

This album is our way of saying goodbye & 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-age ascendancy & equally rapid burnout. He picked up a zippo lighter, invented glissando guitar & incorporated non-musical sounds in the context of the new psychedelic movement that had barely had time to leave the conformity of R&B behind. His creation was a particularly English take on what we now call "rock", but which at the time was likely to leave one stranded between slightly surreal pop & full-on jazz extemporisation. For those of us engaged in experimental or space rock, the debt is enormous.

a northern echo recording
© 2007 radio massacre international
℗ 2007 cuneiform records
made in the usa

Catalogue number variations are: Rune 256 on cover spines, rune 256 on CD.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 45775 02562 9
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L481
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI F702
  • Matrix / Runout: 3UFX1<2308>11DCA22095 1/1DCA22095 CUNEIFORM RUNE 256



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August 4, 2011

This is quite a departure from the usual RMI. The band moved to space rock here, an album dedicated to Syd Barrett, who sadly passed away in 2006. The synthesizers and sequencers take a back seat to guitar, bass and drums. Gary Houghton handles guitar, as usual, while Duncan Goddard handles bass and Steve Dinsdale handles drums, but they would still use keyboards, but in a more traditional prog rock sort of way. The title track demonstrates some of that Floyd influence, including guitar riffs borrowed from "Astronomy Domine". Notice the approach the group goes for are in the style of "Astronomy Domine" and "Interstellar Overdrive", rather than the more quirky stuff like "Scarecrow" or "Bike". "Bettr'r Days" features a repeating theme, some Mellotron, and the only time they use their sequencers on this disc, the only glimpse of their usual sound you'll find here. "Shut Up" is one really tripped out number, while "Emissary" is a rather mid paced, prog-oriented number. "...Far Away" is basically an ambient number, with some oddly Mark Knopfler-influenced guitar work from Houghton. RMI can prove they can do space rock as well as they can do Berlin School-style electronic music, and this disc proves it.