By Jeevin Johal
The Vogue Theatre
January 19, 2019
For decades goth kids have been carelessly slumped into the same category as the emo kids, with no recognition for the subtle, but prevalent differences that exist between the two subcultures. Here are the facts: Emo kids listen to the Smiths, and goth kids listen to Bauhaus. Hellish frontman Peter Murphy and fellow founding member David J, dawned upon the Vogue Theatre to play a ghoulish set of Bauhaus classics.
The night began with the band performing songs from their seminal debut album, In the Flat Field. Bathed in an evil, red glow, Murphy was loose and far more dynamic than in past visits. Though he remained stoic, never revealing any hint of sunny disposition and harnessing energy from the heavens above as he stood crucified amongst his congregation.
The songs from In the Flat Field were heavy and grotesque as David J crawled his fingers across a fretless bass, but it was fan favourites “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” and “She’s In Parties,” in the band’s second set, that really got the crowd fired up. Murphy’s baritone voice has aged well breathing new life into these beloved goth rock anthems with calculated ferocity.
After 40 years, Bauhaus’ bleak image still resonates heavily with those enamoured by the dark and mysterious. Murphy’s enigmatic stage presence was a grim ballet enjoyed by all Joy Division shirts in attendance.