Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy may be out on the road celebrating 35 years of Bauhaus with sets filled entirely by music performed by his old band, but he’s looking forward as well as he works on the follow-up to his 2011 album Ninth, a new record called Lion that’s being produced by Killing Joke bassist Youth and is expected to arrive sometime in early 2014.

Murphy this week told Billboard that the album sessions began after he got together with Youth — who also is set to work on the new Echo & The Bunnymen album — “just to see how it went.” He says: “We did it ourselves, just like a week to see what would go over, and basically we did the album in four and a half days. It was like dropping off the edge of a cliff and no turning back, and it was really exciting.”

As for the sound of Lion, Murphy tells Billboard:

“(It’s) a mixture of stuff, almost like operas for the dispossessed. It’s very romantic and very deep and emotional, quite symphonic in places, but then becomes, like, a rabble-rousing pirate sea shanty. It’s a mixture of ‘The White Album,’ which goes into ‘Helter Skelter,’ and kind of ‘I Am the Walrus’ type of arrangement stuff. It’s a lot — kind of like, ‘Who is that person? How can he imagine he can do all that?’ I just think I’m out of place, really. I’m like (David) Bowie, Iggy (Pop), Frank Sinatra, Elvis (Presley) all rolled into one, and it’s kind of like, ‘What planet did he come from?’”

The singer is expecting to reconvene with Youth for “a second round” of recording by this fall. According to fan accounts, Murphy has been playing some of the rough mixes of the Lion songs over the PA before his performances on the current Mr. Moonlight Tour. One attendee described the new music as having “more electronic elements” than the relatively straightforward rock sounds of Ninth.

Murphy — who still faces DUI and meth charges in Southern California — has just wrapped the first U.S. leg of his all-Bauhaus tour, and is now in Europe. He’ll return to to the U.S. for a second leg in July.

See full dates below.

 

Peter Murphy’s Mr. Moonlight Tour: Celebrating 35 Years of Bauhaus:

EUROPE
May 24: Komplex Klub, Zurich, CH
May 26: Orion, Rome, IT
May 27: Magazzini Generali, Milan, IT
May 29: Sala Arena, Madrid, ES
May 30: Coliseum, Lisbon, PT
June 1: Bikini Barcelona, Barcelona, ES
June 3: AB, Brussels, BE
June 5: Trabendo, Paris, FR
June 6: Effenaar, Eindhoven, NL
June 7: Knust, Hamburg, DE
June 8: Loppen, Copenhagen, DK
June 10: Debaser Medis, Stockholm, SE
June 12: Tayastia, Helsinki, FI
June 14: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
June 15: Oran Mor, Glasgow, UK
June 16: Zombie Hut, Corby, UK
June 17: Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
June 18: Academy, Bristol, UK
June 19: Islington Academy, London, UK

NORTH AMERICA
July 13: Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
July 14: Tricky Falls, El Paso, TX
July 16: Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
July 17: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
July 18: Visual Arts Collective, Garden City, ID
July 19: Showbox Theatre, Seattle, WA
July 20: TBA, Vancouver, BC
July 21: Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
July 23: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
July 24: Las Vegas Country Saloon, Las Vegas, NV
July 27: Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
July 28: Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA

 

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