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Bauhaus at the Hollywood Palladium, Nov. 3, 2019. Photo by Matt Cowan

This was never going to happen. Bauhaus was never going to be on stage again, not together, not after 13 years of acrimony, not after repeated doubts from members that they would ever work together again, not after having gone through the reunion dance twice.

But there they were Sunday night less than three months after vocalist Peter Murphy suffered a heart attack before a solo show in New York, enthralling a black-dressed crowd of 5,000 at the Hollywood Palladium, playing with a fire that seemed to burn a lot of pent-up fuel. Those who expected to see an iconic band were not disappointed.

Whether the show resulted from Murphy’s brush with mortality or merely from a desire to light a fire under their catalog (not that their post-Bauhaus projects haven’t), the crowd cared not a for a moment.

And there was a palpable rush when Murphy, Haskins, Daniel Ash and David J took the the stage and blasted forth a crunching, feedback-drenched version of John Cale’s “Rosegarden Funeral of Sores.” Following that with the blistering one-two punch of “Double Dare” and “In a Flat Field,” it was clear that Bauhaus were back with a vengeance.

Like the best bands of their generation, Bauhaus made magic despite their technical shortcomings. Haskins’ static and angular drumming, Ash’s broken-glass version of glam-rock guitar, David J’s use of dub, pulse and throb, and Murphy’s rich, deep baritone made for a unique combination in 1978, the year of the band’s inception. As a musical genre, “goth” had yet to be coined, and the bleakness of Northampton, England, proved a perfect canvas for the young foursome’s monochromatic tunes of doom and gloom. The band lasted a mere five years and four releases before they parted ways in 1983, with all the members enjoying greater degrees of commercial success outside the group. Murphy had a major hit with “Cuts You Up,” and the Love and Rockets trio of Ash, Haskins and David J scored big with “So Alive.”

Despite being credited as the “Godfathers of Goth,” the band rejected that label, and upon further reflection, one can understand their argument. The magic of Bauhaus comes from the perfect merger of completely disparate elements. Shades of Bowie, Brel, baritone and Berliner camp form Murphy’s shadow. Ash brings forth the pre-glam metal slash and burn of Mick Ronson and the style of T. Rex. David J is steeped in the cheeba haze of dub master Lee “Scratch” Perry and traditional soul like James Brown. Haskins took the mechanical beats of Neu and Can and applied the Martin Hannett technique of making them sound organic and human. So the band credited as architects of “Goth” are not actually goth. Go ahead, ask them. Bauhaus is soul music, moving, emotive, soothing, provocative and sententious, which is why 15,000 people will pack a ballroom across three nights (they play the Palladium again tonight and on December. 1st) to see a band that nary had so much as a sniff of a charting single.

But that’s not to say there aren’t any hits. “Bela Lugosi is Dead” is the “Stairway to Heaven” of post-punk. The song that launched a thousand bands in its wake has lost none of its chilly luster. Played midway through Sunday’s 90-minute set, it is still epic, still icy, still grating — the climax for many of the newbies who had not yet gone full undead. To the faithful, the highlights were a trio of songs that haven’t tickled ears since the early ’80s. It was 1982 when anyone last heard “The Three Shadows, Part II” and “The Man With the X-Ray Eyes,” and it was 1983 when Bauhaus last played “Spy in the Cab.” That along with the Iggy Pop cover of “Sister Midnight” made the evening much more than a rehash of “The Best of Bauhaus.” Yes, it was all killer and no filler, as other set highlights included “A Kick in the Eye,” “She’s in Parties” and a furious version of “Stigmata Martyr.”

Murphy certainly doesn’t look the part of a man who just had two stents stuck in him less than three months ago. He was singing with exceptional projection, pulling his mic away a good 18 inches and yet still filling the hall with his bellow. One wishes that he’d even take it down a notch.

There is still no word on whether this reformation will lead to a broader tour — after tonight’s second sold-out night,

Setlist: Rosegarden Funeral of Sores (John Cale cover)
, Double Dare, In The Flat Field, A God in an Alcove, In Fear of Fear, Spy in the Cab, Terror Couple Kill Colonel, Swing the Heartache, She’s In Parties, Bela Lugosi’s Dead, Kick In The Eye, The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, Stigmata Martyr, Silent Hedges, Dark Entries. Encore: The Three Shadows, Part II, Sister Midnight (Iggy Pop cover), Telegram Sam (T. Rex cover)
, Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie cover).

To tide us over until their next album due to be released 2017, One of the most talked about bands from last year Potty Mouth have unveiled director Jake Stark’s video for the song “Smash Hit.” The Northampton band has crafted a straightforward-in-a-good-way punk jam that’s as sarcastic as it is infectious; singer/guitarist Abby Weems plays the part of a record label executive, requesting that the band “give us some more of that one thing you do so well.” In response, the group shreds through “Smash Hit” in a classic white-walled video shoot and with a little help from glorious slow-motion and a lot of fan-propelled trash and confetti. The hooks are  a killer.

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Recently called one of “the Western Mass. indie scene’s brightest creative lights” by Pitchfork, Northampton, MassachusettsAnd The Kids recently released their debut full-length album, “Turn to Each Other “ on Signature Sounds Records . Each Other is more than an album title: it’s a statement of fact for the band, whose bond — as musicians, friends and creative foils — is as tight as they come.

The album features 11 tracks full of ringing guitars from Hannah Mohan, knotty rhythms from drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro and bold accents from synthesizers and percussion by Megan Miller. Together, they create “apocaplyptic pop”, a dizzying stop-start ride with lush, intricate soundscapes that frame Mohan’s lively lead vocals. NPR Music recently raved, “Guitarist Hannah Mohan’s striking vocals rival the vibrato and boldness of Siouxsie Sioux… [And The Kids] make music that’s both fearless and entertaining.”

An ongoing struggle with border issues for Miller, a Canadian citizen, initiated the addition of bassist Taliana Katz to the touring ensemble. Katz made her debut as part of the band at their NPR Tiny Desk Concert and continues to carry the energy of the album to the stage.

Released on this day 24th September in 1979: Northampton, UK band Bauhaus released their debut single, “Bela Lugusi’s Dead”, backed with “Boys” & some versions also include a portion of an early demo recording of what would be their next single,.Dark Entries (Demo)”, on the indie label Small Wonder Records; it’s 9 1/2 minute length required a 12-inch single format; the record helped inspire the launch a movement within the UK music scene, focused on makeup & the macabre,

 

The original sleeve art was taken from a still of the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The writers listed on the single are David Haskins, Kevin Haskins, Peter Murphy and Daniel Ash.

The song is over nine minutes in length and was recorded “live in the studio” in a single take. David J, the band’s bassist, claims on his website to have written the lyrics. The singing does not start (in the studio version) until several minutes into the track. The dub-influenced guitar sound was achieved by using partial barre chords and leaving the top E and B strings open.

The title references horror film star Bela Lugosi (1882–1956), who did much to establish the modern vampire image as the title character in the 1931 film Dracula, and who had been dead for over two decades when the song was written and recorded.

The sleeve cover art shown above is from the D.W. Griffith film The Sorrows of Satan (1926).

“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” was recorded during a six-hour session at Beck Studios in Wellingborough on 26th January 1979. Four additional songs were also recorded (“Boys”, “Harry”, “Bite My Hip” and the unreleased “Some Faces”) but not used; only “Harry” surfaced in 1982 as a single B-side to “Kick in the Eye“. “Boys” was re-recorded at Beck Studios in 1979. “Bite My Hip” was an early version of “Lagartija Nick”.

The song was featured in the 1983 Tony Scott cult vampire film The Hunger, with Bauhaus portraying a band in a nightclub, playing it during the opening credits and introduction. A 7″ promotional record featuring an edited version of the song was released to theaters playing the film.

The song was also used in the 1998 Matthew Lillard film The Curve; in the 2007 film Good Luck Chuck, serving as an introduction for a female goth character and appearing on the soundtrack; and in the 2009 horror film The Collector.

The song was used as the intro music for the late 1990s Saturday Night Live skit “Goth Talk“, which featured Chris Kattan and Molly Shannon as two goth students. This song was also used in an episode in the fifth season of Smallville, the vampire-/Halloween-themed “Thirst“. The song was featured in an episode (“Midnight”) of the science fiction/horror series Fringe, which revolved around a vampire-esque creature.[4][5] The song was played in the opening scene of the Supernatural television series in episode 5 ofseason 6, “Live Free or Twi-Hard”. The episode was vampire-themed, poking particular fun at the Twilight film series and its romanticism of vampires.

 

Shambala Festival

Started in 1999, Shambala is one of the most established festivals on this list.  It offers a diverse range of music infused with fringe activities from cabaret to comedy, talk and debates, circus, theatre and poetry. It’s held in Northamptonshire at a secret venue with many details of the party kept under wraps until you buy a ticket. The line-ups tend to be refreshingly un-indie, showcasing international reggae, hip hop, folk, world, funk and jazz artists. Shambala is very popular with families and has a truly inclusive, chilled ethos. One of its very distinct features is a genuine, tireless commitment to reducing its environmental impact. Winner of the international ‘A Greener Festival’ award for the past two years, it is the only UK festival using 100% renewable energy.

Music highlights: Keep your eyes on our news – line-up is yet to be announced!

Tickets and line-up information: www.shambalafestival.org

with a small MARCH 2015 TOUR about to progress Singer songwriter Billy Lockett has a new single available I’m so insanely pleased to finally reveal to you all the official music video to the single “Never Let You Go”, this is one of his favourite songs that he has ever written, He will be playing it live on the UKtour this month along with my new album!. Billy commented please watch share and like !! Your support has been incredible over the past few years and I can’t wait for you all to hear the album!

Never Let You Go is available to buy on the ‘Old Man EP’ Having played his way from the basement to the studio, whilst captivating fans from YouTube to shows up and down the country supporting Lana Del Rey, Nina Nesbitt, KT Tunstall, Birdy, Lucy Rose and many more, it’s no surprise that Billy’s been attracting attention from some of the biggest names in the industry. With the backing of 2 singles on radio 1 and endorsements by Walden and Roland alongside working with top producers, his flair for piano and guitar has landed him a distinctive style, aided by a soulful voice, charming lyrics and enough allure to leave crowds muttering choruses into the night… and you thought Northampton only made good shoes?…

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I’m Sure this band must have been into Marc Bolan at some time TEMPLES are from Kettering Northampton, the album “Sun Structures” delivers strong melody after strong melody, with not a single parody to be found. The band boast an unusual gift, and that’s the ability to create the essence of the mid-to-late ’60′s psychedelia, without ripping anybody off in the process. No clichés, just strong material. The sound may be familiar, but the tunes are all theirs, classic qualities are all over just about every song here, particularly “Move with the Season”. And so Sun Structures is the perfect album, with reference points aplenty,

Billy’s slick guitar and key work, paired with a sincere, soulful vocal initially uploaded his first recorded track to the BBC Introducing Uploader; winning support from the likes of Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Huw Stephens. After being added to the BBC Radio 1 Introducing playlist twice and working with Andy Green on his most recent tracks, Billy became noted for his upbeat, festival-esque performances; honed in intimate church-like venues. .. and you thought Northampton only made good shoes?, catch Billy Lockett at the Bodega Social 2nd November 2014

Billy Lockett singer songwriter from Northampton the song “Old Man” with a great animated video but be sure to check out the acoustic version, Billy’s slick guitar work and keyboard playing won him a spot on the BBC Introducing stage and good coverage from huw Stephens and Ferne Cotton, With superb festival appearances and a buoyant live set. billy locket will be playing the Bodega in Nottingham on the 2nd November.

Temples Live on KEXP with songs… Sun Structures, Move with the Season, Keep in the Dark, A Question Isnt Answered, Shelter Song, the young band from Northampton have made one of the best albums this year, shimmering guitars and kalediscopic keyboards bright pop melodies