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Little Rock, AR
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Portrait of Das Gift
What began as a solo studio project by award-winning songwriter 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 psychotropic acts like Tool, as well as Pink Floyd.

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.

On guitar for live shows, James maintains his trademark emotional vocal delivery. Zach Carpenter performs on 6-string bass. Joining the band after recent studio projects, Sharla Emory brings the exotic sounds of sitar and flute to the band's sound, as well as adding backing vocals. Josh Hines completes the band's live line-up performing the band's signature pounding drums.

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.

The band is currently mixing a 19-track Pink Floyd tribute, complete with string ensemble, sitar and kid choir. The CD is up for pre-order and is due this fall.

Visit the official site at, as well as the band's MySpace page.