Currently cooking up a storm all over the North and playing alongside Snow Patrol at the Q Awards, Rams’ Pocket Radio will play two shows in Derry next weekend, catering for both underage music fans and the more adult admirers, to promote his new EP ‘Dogs Run in Packs’.
The early show (for ages 14+) will be at Derry’s Nerve Centre this Friday, December 2, followed by a late show at Sandinos Bar that same evening.
Rams’ Pocket Radio will also venture towards Draperstown this coming Saturday, December 3, to play the now famous Cellar Bar there.
But just who is Rams’ Pocket Radio? His music impresses all who hear it, and yet he remains something of an emigma. The ‘Rams’ in question is Peter McCauley - a drummer, pianist and diverse songwriter from Lisburn. His musical career got off to a less-than-usual start, namely as one of the leading percussionists in the National Youth Orchestra of Northern Ireland. Then followed a move to Belfast in pursuit of an Architecture degree, where experimentations with a post-hardcore band slowly evolved into the songs now performed under the Rams’ Pocket Radio pseudonym.
‘Dogs Run In Packs’ follows the success of the debut EP, ‘Dieter Rams Has Got The Pocket Radios’.
It picked up comparisons with the likes of Frightened Rabbit, received early support from 6Music and Radio 1, and was supported by an acclaimed set at Glastonbury’s BBC Introducing Stage. Hot Press reviewed the EP saying “a big, booming pop gem, Dieter..is the tune Keane have spent 4 albums trying to write.”
Who, though, is ‘Rams’, and what is the significance of his pocket radio? Peter’s stage-name is taken from the 1950’s product designer Dieter Rams, viewed by many as the key inspiration behind the iPod, and various Apple products.
“I was reading an article about historical icons in Wallpaper magazine,” says McCauley, “and they had set out a reconstruction of Rams’ desk. On it was a pocket radio, and I was amazed at how ahead of his time he was, if you look at the iPod today.
“He had a real manifesto for working, and that’s the main thing I’ve taken from him when making music: purity, simplicity and longevity were his main concerns, and they’re mine as well. You want to build something that could last forever.”
Whichever gig you decide to attend this weekend, be it the early show at the Nerve Centre or later that evening at Sandinos Back Bar, don’t miss Rams’ Pocket Radio on his first trip to Derry.
Support at Sandinos comes Our Krypton Son and Conor Mason. Admission to each show is £5.