The 3Ds were a noise pop band based from Dunedin, New Zealand….who were together from 1978 to 1997…..as they recorded three albums and several EP’s….with the best known of which is The Venus Trail in 1993. They achieved commercial and critical success worldwide in the period between 1993 and 1995.
The band was formed in May 1988 by Dominic Stones, Denise Roughan and David Saunders….as the band’s name refers to the members’ names all starting with “D”. In 1989, they were joined by David Mitchell, who introduced the twin-guitar attack which became the defining feature of the group….as h He also made some of the cover of the albums. Among their inspirations, in addition to the Pixies, they also consider Black Sabbath and Fairport Convention to be inspirations.
The 3Ds toured with Pavement in New Zealand and Australia…..after which they played two stadium shows supporting U2 on their Zoo TV tour in New Zealand…..where an associate of the band took a bottle of wine from U2’s dressing room without permission….which led the concert promoter to inform The 3Ds that they would not be paid for their performance….however, Bono was in the room at the time….and he insisted that The 3Ds be paid double…..and given an additional bottle of wine.