Sonic Gems: Bauhaus – In the Flat Field

Formed in North Hampton, England Bauhaus was one English post-punk band largely considered one of the first gothic rock groups.  Consisting of Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J, the band was known for its dark image and gloomier sounds that mixed dub, glam rock, psychedelia and funk.   The name was derived from the German art school Bauhaus.

The band broke up in 1983.  Peter Murphy pursued a solo career.  Ash and Haskins formed a band called Tones On Tail.  Later, they reunited with David J to form Love and Rockets.  Eventually, Bauhaus reunited for a 1998 tour and then again from 2005 to 2008.

In the Flat Field is the debut studio album by Baushaus and is a somewhat oblique reference to the first year of operation for the German art school of the same name.  It was released in 1980 to mixed reviews by a set of critics who were not ready for the grim faced raggedness of this dense patchwork of often dissonant sounds reflective of uncertain feelings that dwelt on the darkest fringes of the human psyche.  Though not really in the spectrum of music usually enjoyed by Aloha Promises Forever, this post punk glam inspired rave up gets a rating of 8 out of 10 with a side of ibuprofen to make up for the headache it always inspires…

In the Flat Field may be listened to here:





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Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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