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Virtual Radio

by Triple Dog Dare

Whether you think it's New Wave Folk ...Psychoactive Pop ...Rockin' Shoe ...Cosmicomedy ...Indie Improv ...or just plain Heavy Mellow, you're probably right; but don't take our word for it: keep it spinnin' for awhile and see where those pesky labels fall
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Miralcles Happen
5:24 $0.99
2. Cone of Silence
2:45 $0.99
3. Octave
4:28 $0.99
4. New Wind
4:20 $0.99
5. Pretty Automatic
7:44 $0.99
6. Head Music
3:46 $0.99
7. Monkey See
5:31 $0.99
8. Awaken
2:32 $0.99
9. Landing's Hard
4:04 $0.99
10. All Fall Down
3:20 $0.99
11. New Man
4:38 $0.99
12. One Road
3:56 $0.99
13. Building Rainbows
4:37 $0.99
14. Book of Mud
2:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Future and Past...Science and Spirit...Drama and Comedy...Repetition and Variation all merge and blend together in a feel good alloy you just have to become a part of by joining your ears together with this virtual radio.

Triple Dog Dare is:
Richard Sinclair
Patrick “padman” Padovan
& Michael “punslinger” Honsinger.

We are a band composed of 3 friends who have a wide variety of musical tastes and influences who have played music together for just over 20 years!

"The lyrics are experimental, imaginative, often philosophical and always entertaining.
Truth is you never really know where the band is going to go next and there is usually a smile to be had.
I think the band has great potential and some tremendous ideas. I will definitely be playing this over the next few weeks and there aren't many albums nowadays that make me want to return."
-Kevin "Angeltide" Mullally

"Gave 'Virtual Radio' another spin today, sitting down and allowing it my full, undivided attention. I'd describe it has having a post new-wave sensibility, but with a sound of today. It's often goes out on the edge, unafraid to experiment - before reigning things back in again for a more conventional arrangement.
...there's not a weak song on the album.
The entire CD is musically pleasing. Sorry, that last sentence doesn't say enough - many of the songs find a groove that just get under your skin. They grab you in a way you like to be grabbed. I can hear many points of reference and thankfully they're typically bands and artists I admire. I can also hear a new music - Triple Dog Dare's own unique sound.
I'm delighted to have this in my collection (thank you) and look forward to repeated plays as well as keeping an eye and ear on TDD's future musical adventures."
-John Izzard

Improvisation has been our main focus right from the very first note we ever played together. So much so, that for the most part, we don’t talk about what we are going to play; we just start playing!

The majority of “Virtual Radio” was improvised.
Even when playing a song we’ve rehearsed; it’s rare that we don’t try something different each time we play it.
When trying to record a song we rarely play it more than once or twice for that day. We’ve found that a song tends to lose a certain magical quality and aliveness the more it’s repeated.

This version of “Miracles Happen” was the first time we played it together (after a brief going over of its’ main points prior to recording it) and we liked the result enough to use it.
The original version of it was thrown together by punslinger in a couple of hours after seeing the bumper sticker: EXPECT MIRACLES! With no real idea of any other lyrics than that and a strong feeling of potential, the microphone was turned on and the words materialized as if of their own accord.

“Octave” was a jam named after the bass effect that was used, and when the desire to write an angel song came about, the name seemed to unfold like a seed.

“Awaken” was also a jam that Richard added lyrics and vocals to. He was going to redo the lyrics because he thought the intonation was off somewhere, but thankfully we talked him out of it! If I had to pick a favorite, this song would probably be it!

As far as adding extra tracks to the basic ones go: we usually don’t rehearse them much at all but instead rely on improvisation and if some wrong note or mistake happens, we have found that it is best to just keep going and edit it later. With today’s digital cut and paste techniques, this is easier than ever. ( However we try to leave enough rough edges and quirkiness to hopefully keep just the right feel of humanness to the balance)




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Hil Richrod

Great Band For Sure
“You don’t know me, but…”

You don’t know me but I bought four copies of this album. That’s how good it is. I think I will get some more because I know my friends will enjoy it too.

That may not be much of an endorsement, on the whole. Then again, I’m not related to ANY of the band. But I still bought four copies. One for home, and one for the car. That’s how good it is. I think I will buy some more because I know my friends will enjoy it too, as much as the friends I have already given copies to.

I heard the band in a small venue locale in Washington, and had that “I’m blown enough away and having a wonderful evening” even though t’was only a coffee house. People all started dancing in the back. I was worried when I went up to get the albums that they wouldn’t have enough left for me.

When I first heard the instrumental start on Triple Dog Dare’s “Virtual Radio” , I thought, “this sounds a bit like JJ Cale in “Troubadour”. “Miracles Happen”, “Cone Of Silence”, “Book of Mud” and “New Wind” – they start with that textured, sort of rich sound.

There are some great surprises on this album too, “Head Music” which starts out in that technocool manner and evolves into something else. “Monkey See” has those simple lyrics, a goofy train of words that begins the piece actually has a destination.

“Landing’s Hard” is going to make the top 10 some day. “Flying is easy landing’s hard”. You sing along with that one. “One Road” is one of those better ballads; “Building Rainbows” has that deep bass you can’t help but love, like the old rock.

The music stands up better than the vocals in some songs - the vocals sound a bit tentative in spots, and could use more attack; the musical sections seem to sit more securely on Triple Dog Dare so far; but they have nothing to be ashamed of – their lyrics are great. When you have only three musicians creating layers of sound & lyrics – well, it’s pretty amazing when you think about it.

“Book Of Mud” is in the form of a canon, both in lyric & music. You’ll like it and so will kids.

And the cover art is great! ~~ Hil Richrod


This band plays with real heart and experience. The drumming is amazing. The song "Landing's Hard" is my favorite. I would like fewer vocals and more just listening to the great songs. Hope they do more and let us know where they will be playing next time. Gudrun from WA

Darrel Jay

Shows off their musical abilities
They are a talented trio. God knows where they get their inspiration
(snark). They use quite a few different styles, from 60's folk type tunes
and harmonies (New Wind and Awaken), to modern metal digs (All Fall Down and
Building Rainbows). Their tunes are, if I may say so, lyrically
proscriptive rather than reflective, but clever. They seem to have a
definite vision and may be able to distill their obvious talents into
structure and performances that increasingly show off their musical


Lots to recommend this CD
This is a cracking CD with bags to recommend it.
Virtual Radio is an extremely enjoyable Cd. It is an hour long, includes a full lyric sheet and Michael's own artwork on the cover.

The instrumentation is mainly guitar, bass and drums but with occasional extra percussion, mandolin and even a sitar moment!

The CD has a demo feel in places, but this rarely interfered with my enjoyment. The songs themselves are complete, lyrically strong and well structured but a tighter production in a few places might have emphasised this, at least on some of them (although the looseness is welcome in most).

The lyrics are experimental, imaginative, often philosophical and always entertaining. The lyric sheet is a welcome feature as they are often worth reading separately from the music (my favourite is 'You made the cover of Time, with an instamatic' from Pretty Automatic.

Several tracks are what you might think of as contenders for singles, being catchy, with strong hooks. These are the tracks I feel could have had a more 'pop-ish' production especially on the drums, which are well played but sound a little flat or muted.

Perfect opener 'I Expect Miracles' is superbly catchy, with quirky lyrics. You are given no choice but to listen on.
Cone of Silence and Octave are top notch, both having a reggae feel, which reminds me of late 70's, early New Wave, perhaps Talking Heads or Tom Robinson with a bit of Dire Straits vocal. This is definitely David Byrne territory and the storytelling delivery made me reach for the included lyric sheet.

New Wind provides a change of pace, still a 70's feel but we are into a Stones/Dylan kind of groove. Loose harmony vocals which work very well. A solid song structure and nice guitar work - loose but accurate. The song gets a little rough at times, but in a charming, good time kind of way - you will sing along!

Dramatic percussion and a phased guitar opening lead into the early Police feel of Pretty Automatic with high naked harmony vocals. Another dub style. Guitar could easily be Andy Summers. A high point.

By Head Music's fuzz guitar opening, I'm starting to give up making comparisons. Truth is you never really know where the band is going to go next and there is usually a smile to be had.

Monkey See, Awaken and Landing's Hard impress, but I felt that All Fall Down suffered from being too loose and Demo-ish. New Man shows a philosophical bent.

One Road is a great pop(ish) toon. Crash Test Dummies come to mind. Better production but could have been even tighter. I especially felt the guitars needed bringing in to line. But by Building Rainbows, which allows the guitarist chance to wig out a bit, but in a Neil Young kind of vein, this minor lack of discipline is forgiven.

Book of Mud rounds off the album in quirky style, back in Talking Heads territory.

I think the band has great potential and some tremendous ideas. I will definitely be playing this over the next few weeks and there aren't many albums nowadays that make me want to return.