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Poptone at The Neptune Theatre on Friday, 18th May

Poptone will be at The Neptune Theatre in Seattle on Friday, 18 May 2018 {more info & tickets}. 

Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins from Bauhaus, Love and Rockets and Tones on Tail are coming back to Seattle this month with their current group, Poptone. The band, which includes Haskins’ daughter, Diva Dompe, on bass, initially toured North America for the better part of last year. Their primarily archival setlist included an array of songs from the three aforementioned artists. In particular, the Tones on Tail material had not been performed since the early 1980s, which was a revelation for fans who never thought that they would have the chance to hear songs such as “Movement of Fear,” Happiness,” “Lions” and “Performance” live again.

The concert at The Neptune Theatre last June was truly extraordinary, making the expectations for this month’s follow-up performance remarkably high. If you were interested the last time that they were in town and didn’t make it, this show is highly recommended. Original Tones on Tail bass player, Glenn Campling was not available to join Ash and Haskins due to health reasons, otherwise this might have turned out to be a full on Tones on Tail reunion. Apparently, they originally thought about approaching him when plans were being arranged. However, Diva Dompe does an almost surprisingly excellent job filling in on both his and David J’s (Bauhaus/Love and Rockets) bass parts. The recreation of the original analog sound and the chemistry between the three band members is quite impressive to say the least.

In addition to this month’s West coast tour, Poptone will be releasing their debut album in June on Cleopatra Records. The self-titled release was recorded live in session last year in Los Angeles for Part Time Punks. Consisting of thirteen tracks from their setlist, all three bands are duly represented in the recording. This short leg of the tour is due to kick-off on Thursday (10th) in Solano Beach, California and wraps up on the 20th in Vancouver, BC. The biggest question is: will any different songs, or even new tracks, be represented in their setlist this time around?

Meanwhile, the other two original Bauhaus members, Peter Murphy and David J., have recently started working together again. They performed a set of Bauhaus material in Mexico in April and are slated to perform again for three nights in San Francisco in June as part of Peter Murphy’s residency at The Chapel. If the stars align, perhaps all of this will lead to an eventual Bauhaus reunion? It seemed unlikely after the acrimonious split in 2008, but now that it has been a decade since then, it seems that anything can happen. Regardless, Poptone is a must-see act that will satiate the desires of fans in both the short and long term. Tickets are still available, so be sure to buy yours now.

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Looking for a great "Hallowindie" Mix

Hello, Imaginary World.

I make a point out of living up Halloween each and every year. My annual tradition is to create a Halloween mix CD- not one of those clichè ones with "The Addams Family Theme" and "Monster Mash", but a really good, unique one.

My past lists include songs by

  • Depeche Mode
  • The Cure
  • Interpol
  • She Wants Revenge
  • Bauhaus
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Joy Division

This year, however, I'm looking for a better mix, with as much Seattle Indie music as possible. And maybe less depressing Goth.

I'm going to start the mix with "Children of the Night" by Schoolyard Heroes, "Crimewave" by Crystal Castles, and "My Kind of People" by Man Plus. Maybe this will give you an idea of the kind of stuff I'm looking for. Remember, this is going to be played at a party! With costumes and caramel apples and cobwebs galore!

I want to hear your suggestions for more songs! Please, help me make the best Hallowindie Mix 2008?

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Peter Murphy coming out of his cave

This hot tip just arrived in my imaginary inbox:

Peter Murphy
The Retrospective Tour
Performing material from
Bauhaus and his solo career!
El Corazon
May 30th at 8PM
$28.50 *All Ages*

Pre-sale tix on sale tomorrow.

 

 

 

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Bauhaus Cooking Vinyl Record Review

Go Away White

Waiting twenty-five years for a new Bauhaus album has been far too long, but from the unmistakable guitar noise of Daniel Ash and the funky fretless bass playing of David J. on the opening moments of the first track "Too Much 21st Century," Go Away White proves itself to be well worth the wait. Bauhaus reformed to play the Coachella Festival in 2005 and did a world tour shortly thereafter, including an appearance at the Sasquatch! festival in 2006. Nine of the ten tracks on the new LP were recorded in 2006, and one, "The Dog's A Vapor," was recorded in 1998 during their first reformation.

Committed to tape within a period of eighteen days, Go Away White was written mainly from improvisation in the studio. When the group began recording the album, they started with a blank slate. The result of this tabula rasa approach, with nothing written prior to entering the studio, is an impressive display of their creative prowess. During their brief stint from 1979-1983, Bauhaus gelled together so well that it is no wonder that subsequent projects (including Love and Rockets and Peter Murphy solo, which are still very good) have not lived up to the legacy that the original incarnation embodied. Peter Murphy always seemed to need the talent of his former backing band; likewise, Love and Rockets lost the definitive voice that belonged to Peter Murphy.

Go Away White, although it is a more contemporary sounding record than Bauhaus’ early output, has all the ingredients that made their first four studio albums so exceptional. The band sounds raw and vibrant, almost energized to the point of electrocution. Here we have four men who are nearly fifty years old and they have put together a galvanizing collection of songs that blows away countless modern post-punk imitators. Opener "Too Much 21st Century" gets the momentum going right from the start. Peter Murphy's reverb-laden vocals are the strongest they have been since Bauhaus split in 1983. It is heartbreaking that the band disintegrated before the release of this album, because this song would open up a concert so well.

"Undone" contains all the right elements, too. A slinky bass line and fabulous drumming and percussion from the underrated Kevin Haskins provide a compelling rhythm backdrop to Daniel Ash's searing, heavily effected guitar sounds. Throw in some strange atmospheric keyboards and Murphy's wailing croon and we have a classic Bauhaus song. "The Dog's A Vapor" was released on the soundtrack to Heavy Metal 2000 ten years ago, but fits right in on Go Away White as one of the best tracks. It carries with it a different, more experimental sound. Heartbeat-like drums and brooding keyboards akin to Dead Can Dance carry the first half of the track until some wonderful freak guitar noise comes screeching in over Haskins’ fantastic drumming. "Endless Summer of the Damned" is a fuzz guitar and bass fueled composition that was previewed during their 2006 tour, and it is great to hear how the studio version worked out. If any other band performed this song, it might risk sounding bland, but Bauhaus works their magical alchemy to makes this sublime piece shine.

Lyrically, Bauhaus' trademark theatrical elements and dark humor fill up the songs and give them life. "Saved" is a slow, almost ambient sounding track. Murphy howls out his acid velvet vocals while the band provides an eerie and unsettling soundtrack to support him. Go Away White is a beautiful record. It is one of the best new works that has come out in a long time, and will be recognized as a modern psychedelic classic. Even though it may fall a little short of their original albums, it still is a force of its own, and strikes a perfect balance between darkness and light. Once again, Bauhaus has proven that they are vital, both past and present. What fuels the band’s creative mastery may be it’s undoing as well, since the volatile forces that were harnessed in the studio seem unable to persist as the band has fractured into its separate parts once again.

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Erik G in Helsinki

Well, I am in the lovely capitol of Finland, Helsinki, or, if you're Swedish like Jens Lekman, Helsingfors. I'm a little loopy but some fun observations for you to enjoy:

– The Finnish equivalent to Home Depot is call Bauhaus. How awesome is that?

– There seem to be a lot of death metal fans on my flight from Berlin to Helsinki. I'm guessing it was either a festival or the Finns love death metal more than I imagined.

– Helsinki is the same latitude as Juneau, Alaska (more or less), but right now its downright pleasant: sunny, 70 at 9PM.

– I may attempt to go to one day of the 'Flow Festival' here in Helsinki that might involve seeing, very appropriately, Architecture in Helsinki and, less fittingly, !!!.

– The local "Stranger"-like newspaper here in Helsinki had a review of the White Stripes Icky Thump, and although I couldn't understand a word of it, I did see that they gave it 5 out of 5 stars. Even the Finns are falling for the Stripes charms, eh?

That's all for now … more as it is warranted (and if my iBook doesn't completely die … don't ask).