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40 Years of Bauhaus

A reflective review by Veronica Campbell

Good angle Peter and David J by Veronica CampbellPeter Murphy singing red scarf by Veronica Campbell

This really was a glorious night for me. Having seen Bauhaus perform with original members in my early college years (and meeting Peter Murphy and Daniel Ash briefly afterward), this time felt a bit more full circle emotionally. It felt like visiting a fond memory and brought forth a rush of emotions with each song.

The show was at a venue called The Paper Tiger in Texas on February 1, 2019. I only write about this now as I have become more sentimental about certain shows as of late. Some shows just stick with us–we can’t seem to get them out of our heads. We reflect on them from time to time, and for very good reason. Some artists just put on such an intimate show, no matter how far away you are in the audience–it reaches through to you, and holds on. These are the gems we carry with us inside our memories. This particular show is a gem for me. We all carry wonderful things like this with us–music related experiences that took us someplace else for just a little while before we had to return to the everyday realities of life.

I wrote an article about this show for a San Antonio, TX news publication and can be read here: https://www.sacurrent.com/sa-sound/archives/2019/02/02/40-year-reunion-tour-of-bauhaus-members-casts-a-pleasant-gloom-over-san-antonio

So, I’ll leave you with that. You can always read the article if interested in more detail about that night. But like most performances, it doesn’t equate to being there or reliving the memory itself. Maybe instead you’d like to relive your own fond memory of a performance that deeply inspired you. And I hope you just did.

–Veronica

(photos by Veronica Campbell)

 

AMARANTH

Amaranth album pic for article

Published November 3, 2019

In November of 2018, Amaranth released the album Spreading The Charred Remains of Hope. This twelve track album is well worth the listen, and afterward, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to own it as a part of your collection (there’s a link below).

Songs I instantly connected with were Ghost In The Rain, Sheets of Glass, Fatalist, and the title track, Spreading The Charred Remains of Hope. Fatalist features a great, catchy guitar that, in ways, reminds me of The Cult, and gripping vocals that match the emotional ebb and flow the track emits. I enjoyed the title track very much. As soon as it began, I ran for my studio headphones so I could listen in greater detail. The notes in the intro delicately drip through your brain, and when the guitar comes in, watch out. It’s seriously a great pay off. And, of course, Ken’s vocals are the icing on top of this amalgamation-cake of electronic-gothic rock-new wave … oh, I’ve run out of genres to describe it with. Just trust me. Amaranth’s versatile sound should most-likely appeal to you. Personally, I found it to be inspiring and worthy of repeat listens (Hell, it’s worthy of space on my car’s USB drive. Now that’s an honor). And as an artist, that’s what matters the most to me–wanting to hear those songs again.

Full article at:

https://darkwavepublications.com/2019/11/03/amaranth