18th Dye is a Berlin based German/Danish noise rock band formed in 1992 by German Sebastian Büttrich (vocals/guitar), Danish-German Heike Rädeker (vocals/bass) and Dane Piet Bendtsen (drums).
drone-heavy, fuzzed out debut LP Done, produced by Iain Burgess (Naked Raygun, Ministry, Big Black), was initially released in Germany in 1992 before the band gained a recording and distribution deal with US Independent label Matador Records in 1994, having been championed by Yo La Tengo. A second release, the self-produced six song EP Crayon followed in 1994.
In 1995 18th Dye moved to Danish label Cloudland Records and recorded their second album, Tribute to a Bus, recorded by Steve Albini in Nayant La Gracoyere, France. More dynamic and diverse than previous recordings, its skillful blended noise and melody suggest such influences as Sonic Youth and The Wedding Present, though the economic, sparse and angular playing call to mind Wire at their peak. It is characterised by oblique English-as-second-language, maths based lyrics.
The band has recorded three Peel sessions
; in July 1994,...