Formed by two ex-members of "Split Jeans", a successful band that had toured America twice, but failed to consolidate their popularity with a record deal.Zooie-Vocalist/Guitarist and Jack Pass-Vocalist/Bassist, met up again by chance at the begining of 1982, when Jack was working in a recording studio and where he overheard Zooie performing his new solo material, Jack liked the new material and they decided to work together again. They were quickly joined by Drummer, Lynton Carrier ex of "In The Gym".
sound was described as "Danger Music" in a similar vein to "The
Cure" and "The Fall" (successful bands at the time). They
were also compared favourably to "The Police" in musical and
presentation style. The material was said to be "contempoary and
politicaly slanted". Not only did they use convential instruments,
Guitar/Bass/Drums etc, but experimented with non-convential-musical objects,
such as Stones, Car Break Drums and China
They played numerous venues, local to the bands location - Stourport, as well as some prestigious high profile ones, such as "JB's" Dudley and "Dingles" London. The were also generating a lot of interest in the music press.
Four months from forming, the band had signed a record deal with a new independent record Label "Zone to Zone" and released a single, "Volunteers" (B-side "Arabia") produced by Darren T Hatch (Relative of the acclaimed music producer, "Tony Hatch"). The A-Side was described by music reporter "Mike Pryce" as "A Brisk, very Police-like song with some neat tempo changes and very competently handled. PDR seem to be one of the better bands around" - The Single had exposure on BBC Radio One, on the "John Peel" and "David 'Kid' Jenssen" Show's and the record was both widely and criticaly acclaimed, but failed to impact on the charts.
A few months later a second single was released "Animals in Music - Spiders In Pianos" (B-side "Fragments"), which incorporated the novel idea of recording various animals at Dudley Zoo, reacting to PDR's music. The BBC ordered a 100 copies of the single and was chosen to be featured on Radio One's, John Peel's prograame 12/10/1982. A few days later the track was performed on Channel 4's, first ever episode of "The Tube" on Bonfire night 1982.
The band underwent a line up change toward the end of it's life but by this time, Jack Pass was suffering severe health problems and had had a heart attack. The band finally finished when Jack suffered a second fatal heart attack in 1986
There was a benefit show for Jack at the Stourport Civic Centre featuring many local bands where Robert Plant made a guest appearance.
In A Dark Room
"THE BAND OF THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW"
(AKA Kevyn Gammond)
Voicepiece, Actions, Observations and
Off-Key Guitar Gymnatics
Ex Band Of Joy
(AKA John Pasternak)
Explorer Of The Murky
150 Cycles Per Second
Instrumental Personaliy. Peformer And Listener, Percussion.