Indeed, this album is what we call a “warm” record, using this word specifically to describe its sound and its whole production, which will sound in its crowning glory on vinyl. Also, listen to Too Clever By Half, Light and Shade and The Ballad of Cain, where you may realize that, despite his excellent songwriting skills, he’s also a very good singer, who is both sensual and somewhat theatrical.
On this album, David J departs from Bauhaus’ electrocutions and all that. This new work is also groundbreaking and outstanding, from light and even greyish to the dark narrations of Bauhaus. He offers an album completely different from his recordings with his original Northampton band and certainly, there is no need for comparison. I love this record very much and I also totally love Bauhaus albums. David J has proven himself to be a multi-talented figure in the world of rock ‘n’ roll with unique taste and serious artistic offerings made throughout his career. In other amazing news: David J is joining Peter Murphy on a world tour. Bauhaus’ singer and bassist are joining forces to perform the entire In The Flat Field – like a living monument, plus an extended encore of Bauhaus classics, oh-my-god!!! Since original Bauhaus members, Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins (now performing as Poptone) are missing here, the band appears on stage with Mark Gemini Thwaite (of The Mission, GMT, etc.) on guitar and Marc Slutsky on drums. As difficult as it may be for any musician to easily fill Ash’s and Haskins’ shoes, both new members have years of experience playing with Murphy and are very skilled to perform these songs. The stage kills you if you don’t have it, the stage may blast you to the stars or simply swallow and bury you, and they are not talking for just a handful of shows but a world tour, so, I trust that we’ll see a very serious performance by all four musicians. On December 14, I myself plan on leaving my bones in downtown Athens (Greece) to check their concert and seize this moment in a big way. Here is the poster!
The whole tour will continue in 2019 and so far 3 more new dates have announced, all in San Francisco and I foresee more shows in California for a full-fledged residency. The latest news is that Peter Murphy’s U.S. visa was finally approved, after many attempts (and postponements in this residency). Fortunate Californians, get your tickets now. As for the rest of us, let’s hope they announce new North American dates in the near future.
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Written By Mike D.