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Dieter Rams Has Got The Pocket Radios EP (2011)
Dogs Run In Packs EP (2011)



 Rams’ Pocket Radio has announced details of a brand new EP, and a series of London and Irish live dates. Following support slots for the likes of Darwin Deez, tUnE-yArDs and Marina and the Diamonds, Rams will play with Snow Patrol at their prestigious Q Awards show on October 27 at The Forum. Rams Pocket Radio will perform a mix of full band and solo shows to support the release of ‘Dogs Run In Packs’ EP – due for release in Ireland on November 25.
‘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. The Irish Star called Rams Pocket Radio a “music act with vision..radio friendly rock whose shiny melodies are nicely offset by Peter McCauley’s frayed vocals” Hot Press reviewed the EP – saying “a big, booming pop gem, Dieter..is the tune Keane have spent 4 albums trying to write.”
entertainment.ie said of the debut EP “...(Dieter) is big and loud, my favourite song from the new self-titled EP by Lisburn’s drummer, pianist and vocalist Peter McCauley. if the motive of an EP is to give a taster of what a full album can deliver then Rams’ Pocket Radio have succeeded in delivering a selection of songs that will leave listeners looking for more”
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 in the National Youth Orchestra of Northern Ireland. McCauley was one of the leading percussionists in the ensemble, boldly tackling the likes of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Gustav Mahler (though he remembers spending a good deal of this time “sitting at the back, bluffing”). 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.
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.”

In January 2012, RAMS' Pocket Radio were BBC Radio 1's Introducing artist of the week. Their Track 'Dieter Rams Has Got The Pocket Radios' was on the daytime BBC Radio 1 playlist, and Peter played 2 songs live from Eurosonic Festival on Huw Stephens saturday Radio 1 show.

RAMS' will play 3 Arena shows with Snow Patrol in Jan and Feb 2012.