The Bauhaus revisits the surreal formula of “Drink The New Wine”, the group’s first song in 14 years
using their own Exquisite Corpse (“Exquisite Corpse”), a collaborative work first generated during the Surrealist art movement, post-punk pioneers Bauhaus have pieced together their first new song in 14 years titled “Drink The New Wine.”
Recorded during lockdown, the song came together by combining shared audio files from each of the four band members. Each member was given a minute and eight tracks to fill with whatever vocals or instruments they wanted without sharing what they had established with each other, then worked around an additional 60 shared seconds and four tracks to compose the ending of the song. The only common link was a pre-recorded beat made by drummer Kevin Haskins.
Interspersed with various batches of lyrics—Blues from the bottom of the bell / No pain, no pain / I’ll never see the boys again / ‘Cause I’m off to the funny farm / Drown the blues with booze / Now it’s on to the funny closed— and refrains of Dreaming of a perfect world and The roulette player rolls the dice / The roulette player rolls“Drink The New Wine” is a four-dimensional swing through the Bauhaus artistic sphere, somewhat reminiscent Hide Track 1. David Jay 2. Peter Murphy 3. Kevin Haskins 4. Daniel Ash”, and the other edited renderings of the band.
The title “Drink The New Wine” comes from the first time surrealist artists André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Prévert and Yves Tanguy met in Paris for their own Exquisite Corpse in 1925 to share their individual parts for a composite work. Bauhaus used Exquisite Corpse method in the past and even pay homage to form in their 1982 The sky has faded track “Exquisite Corpse”.
“[It] included words that, when strung together, form the phrase ‘The exquisite corpse of boar the new wine,'” the group said in a statement about the creation of the song’s technique and title. “The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.”
“Drink The New Wine” is the band’s first new song since their 2008 album. go white. The Bauhaus first disbanded in 1983 before reuniting for a tour in 1998 and again in the mid-2000s, including a memorable Coachella in 2005 when singer and songwriter Peter Murphy hanged himself upside down while singing the band’s 1979 song “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”. The band continued with more one-off shows and festival dates through 2006, including opening Nine Inch Nails before breaking up again ahead of the release of go white.
After reuniting in 2019 and playing two nights in Los Angeles, the band went on an enforced hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, before returning to play London and Mexico in the fall of 2021. They rescheduled previously rescheduled dates to 2022 in addition to a few new shows.
In the United States, the group will play two days at the Cruel World Festival in Los Angeles, as well as two nights at the Masonic in San Francisco, and additional dates in Denver, Arizona, Seattle and Portland this summer with two shows at the Kings Theater. in New York in September. The band are also set to play Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain in June.
Bauhaus Tour Dates 2022
May 14 – Cruel World Festival (Pasadena, California)
May 15 – Cruel World Festival (Pasadena, California)
May 17 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Portland, OR)
May 20 – Paramount Theater (Seattle, WA)
May 21 – The Masonic (San Francisco, California)
May 22 – The Masonic (San Francisco, California)
May 25 – The Mission Ballroom (Denver, CO)
May 27 – The Chapiteau Theater (Tempe, Ariz.)
September 8 – Kings Theater (New York, NY)
September 9 – Kings Theater (New York, NY)
Photo credit: Gary Bandfield