Bauhaus Release First New Song In 14 Years

The godfathers of Goth Bauhaus have returned with “Drink the New Wine,” their first new song in 14 years.

The song was recorded during lockdown with band members Peter Murphy, David J, Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins using the “Exquisite Corpse” method, where each member added their parts remotely without hearing what the others had done.

A press release states: “‘Drink The New Wine’ was recorded last year during lockdown with the four members sharing audio files. The track employs the Surrealists’ ‘Exquisite Corpse’ device whereby each artist adds to the piece without seeing what the others have done. Bauhaus have used this technique in the past to great effect.

The title refers to the very first Cadavre exquis’ drawing rendered by André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Prévert and Yves Tanguy which included words which when strung together made up the sentence, ‘Le cadavre exquis boiara le vin nouveau’ (‘The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.”) For the recording, the four musicians each had one minute and eight tracks at their disposal plus a shared sixty seconds plus four tracks for a composite at the end. All done without hearing what the others had laid down. The only common link being a prerecorded beat courtesy of Kevin. The final playback came as synchronistic revelation.”

Listen to the song below.

Bauhaus released their last album, Go Away White, in 2008. In May, they’ll embark on their first U.S. tour in 16 years.

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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