Category Archives: Bauhaus

REVIEW: In The Flat Field Vinyl Reissue by Andrew J. Brooksbank

Official Bauhaus historian Andrew J. Brooksbank recently previewed/reviewed each of the Bauhaus 40th Anniversary vinyl reissues and has given us permission to repost them here in their entirety. These reviews were also published on Louder Than War and will be (if they aren’t already) added to the 4AD/Arkive website. Credit for the below is to Andrew J. Brooksbank. No portion may be copied without his written permission.

Bauhaus officially hit ruby status in December this year, but who’s counting!

In The Flat Field

This set opens with perhaps their most powerful statement, the Peel session take of Double Dare, recorded in December of ’79, barely a year into their career and now reloaded, sounding incredibly fresh in new rouge and eye line. It’s interesting to hear now after listening to these records for the last 40 years that it’s Kevin Haskins, the bands cruelly underrated drummer who really shines and benefits from this overhaul, particularly on this, their debut L.P. In The Flat Field.

Opening the record with a Panzer division of drums and with sonar blips bouncing through the channels Double Dare remains today much as it did in 1980, a mighty force. In The Flat Field, the album’s title track once again sounding as threatening and menacing today as it did all those years ago, Daniel Ash’s razor sharp, shards of glass, substituting as guitar chords, still slice through your veins, screaming banshee like until your ears bleed. The droning backing vocals during the refrain really lift the track now, almost inaudible in its original form…A God In An Alcove again Daniel’s guitar and David J’s hypnotic bass lines in this number, together with a stunning lift of Peter Murphy’s vocal, the multi-tracked elements in particular, all giving way to let Kevin breath once again….The manic Dive, all two minutes and ten seconds of it, has an incredible Daniel Ash saxophone now way up front, this one is a major highlight of this new edition, with so much more subtleties now audible. Spy In The Cab closes side one, the manic multi tracked slashing guitars now almost ripping at your flesh….

Side Two opens with the often overlooked Small Talk Stinks, an initial David J lead vocal paving the way for Peter Murphy to sound fabulous once again, the once in cohesive babble of the subject matter now making its way to the fore…before letting the furious St. Vitus Dance take over, the rampant guitars once low in the original minting are brought to life but its perhaps the incredible Stigmata Martyr that takes the crown here, David’s killer bass lines taking the lead throughout whilst the bleed though from the original tape now takes on a whole new resonance becoming more than an integral part of the track. The opening sinister piano notes of the albums final statement, the terrifying Nerves now setting the scene for the crescendo that follows, can only be fully appreciated through a decent pair of headphones, listen to Kevin’s skittering drum pattern play tricks with your ears whilst being slashed back and forth by shards of guitar (reminiscent of the album’s title track) then pounded senseless by stabbing piano keys, ending as it began…with a single note.

1980? Not in my world…..

Peter Murphy Announces Mexico, North American Bauhaus Ruby Tour Dates

Peter Murphy will bring his 40th Anniversary “Ruby” Bauhaus Celebration Tour to Mexico and North America early next year! This final leg of the tour begins January 11, 2019 in Mexico City and concludes on February 28, 2019 in Los Angeles just before the much anticipated San Francisco career-spanning residency begins in March. This tour features original Bauhaus bassist David J alongside Mark Gemini Thwaite on guitar and Marc Slutsky on drums. VIP tickets are available for most shows and include soundcheck access, meet and greet with Peter and David, VIP exclusive shirts, the opportunity to get items signed (usually limited to no more than five), and the ability to have your photo taken (you must supply your own small camera or cell phone – there will not be a professional photography company taking the photos and then emailing them out).

Full tour dates are as follows:

Jan. 11: Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropólitan
Jan. 12: Guadalajara, MX @ Teatro Diana
Jan. 16: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
Jan. 18: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Jan. 19: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Jan. 20: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Jan. 22: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Jan. 24: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
Jan. 25: Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
Jan. 26: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
Jan. 27: Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre
Jan. 28: Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
Jan. 30: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Jan. 31: Austin, TX @ Paramount Theater

Feb. 01: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Feb. 02: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Feb. 04: New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre
Feb. 06: Miami, FL @ The Ground
Feb. 07: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza ‘Live’ Theatre
Feb. 08: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Feb. 09: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Feb. 11: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Feb. 12: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Feb. 14: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Feb. 15: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Feb. 16: Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
Feb. 17: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Feb. 19: Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
Feb. 21: Columbus, OH @ Athenaeum Theater
Feb. 22: Chicago, IL @ Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Feb. 23: Chicago, IL @ Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Feb. 25: Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater
Feb. 26: Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater
Feb. 28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo

Peter Murphy and David J to Embark on Bauhaus 40th Anniversary “Ruby” Tour


Announces tour dates celebrating 40 years of Bauhaus – Ruby Celebration featuring David J

Peter Murphy will be joined by Bauhaus co-founding member and featured guest David J for a series of shows in Europe and the UK with more to be announced. They will play In The Flat Field in its entirety plus an extended encore of Bauhaus classics. Later this year, a series of coloured vinyl Bauhaus reissues will be released, more details TBA.

Originally formed in England in 1978, pioneering post-punk band Bauhaus carved out a singular musical niche combining minimalism, art school rock and dark glam, with a huge dose of their own experimentalism, originality and verve. Unswervingly bleak in their approach, they released their break-out hit “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” in 1979, an astonishing slice of brooding imagination.

They were signed to 4AD and released their debut album In The Flat Field in 1980, before moving on to release three further records via Beggars Banquet (Mask – 1981, The Sky’s Gone Out – 1982 and Burning From The Inside – 1983).

Although brief, their career was hugely influential and resonated across the decades. The band split in the early 1980s (but reformed briefly a few times throughout the years) and band members went on to focus on other projects such as Love and Rockets and Tones On Tail. Peter Murphy continues to enjoy a successful solo career, spectacularly celebrated with the recently released 5-CD box containing his Beggars Banquet releases.

The forthcoming tour celebrates 40 years since the formation of Bauhaus – featuring two original members, vocalist Peter Murphy and bassist David J.

Bauhaus tour dates

Tue, Nov 6 – St Petersburg RS @ Aurora Hall
Wed, Nov 7 – Moscow RS @ Glavclub
Fri. Nov 9 – Belgrade RS @ Dom Omladine Beograda
Sat, Nov 10 – Frankfurt DE @ Das Bett
Mon, Nov 12 – Zurich CH @ Mascotte
Wed, Nov 14 – Paris FR @ Bataclan
Sun, Nov 18 – Madrid ES @ La Riviera
Mon, Nov 19 – Barcelona ES @ Razzmataz
Wed, Nov 21 – Rome IT @ Orion Live Club
Thu, Nov 22 – Milan IT @ Fabrique
Fri, Nov 23 – Munich DE @ Ampere
Sat, Nov 24 – Bochum DE @ Christuskirche
Mon, Nov 26 – Wroclaw POL @ A2
Tue, Nov 27 – Berlin DE @ Columbia Theater
Wed, Nov 28 – Hamburg DE @ Knust
Tue, Dec 4 – Manchester UK @ O2 Ritz
Wed, Dec 5 – Glasgow UK @ SWG3
Thu, Dec 6 – Northampton UK @ Roadmender
Sat, Dec 8 – Leeds UK @ Leeds Beckett SU
Sun, Dec 9 – London UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
Tue, Dec 11 – Copenhagen DK @ Store Vega
Wed, Dec 12 – Stockholm SW @ Nalen
Fri, Dec 14 – Athens GR @ Gazi Music Hall
Sat, Dec 15 – Thessaloniki GR @ Principal Club Theater