Posts Tagged ‘Diva Dompe’

OFF THE RECORD: TONES ON TAIL SLOG AND SHRED AT THE GALLERY, MANCHESTER, MAY 28, 1984

January 5, 2019

A deceptively good disc. The performances and Ash’s antics are abundant.

Daniel Ash, David J. and Kevin Haskins salvaged a working relationship once the Bauhaus were finished. There was still a fresh flow of material oozing out of Ash. To this day, Ash is releasing music as a solo artist and with Haskins and Haskin’s daughter Diva Dompe as POPTONE. Long time readers of this blog will remember the Great POPTONE Fiasco of 2017. Despite what Ash’s ‘management’ claims, I felt I wrote one of the best reviews of my life for that show (at the over-hyped Stone Pony) and I continue to stand by that review today. Frankly, I don’t care what the POPTONE camp has to say.  Would I have liked the band to see my review? Sure! I always want the band to see my review. I feel I can relate to them, they can identify with me, we speak the same lingo (you readers don’t really want me to go into hyper-specifics about key, chords, scales, nodes, technology, equipment, processes, so on, you’ve told me so).

But most musicians DO want to talk specifics.

None of that matters. This blog has recommitted itself to enjoying the process of composing reviews that lead to insight, glancing insider knowledge and minimal technical speak. That last one will resurface, I know it.

This is one from our soundboard recording specialist Craig. We’ll get to how you can own this nifty prize yourself later.

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BY THE SEA, BY THE SEA, TRANSCENDENCE WAS TO BE! POPTONE BRING TECHNO-GOTH-SHRED TO THE LAND MARK AT LAND’S END!

August 4, 2017

The good people of Asbury Park had NO idea what to expect when POPTONE rolled into town! Photo by Lynn Vala

It was an unusually strange weekend. Coke-fueled mostly. I do remember worshipping at the porcelain alter. I mean we’re talking projectile vomiting of epic proportions. A few smokes settled me down enough to realize that I would be coming down just in time for POPTONE to play at the Stone Pony, THE Stone Pony, in scenic Asbury Park, NJ. The Atlantic ocean just over a sand bar separating the pay area of the beach, and across one street. The point being as we stood on line, we could see the ocean. Can’t say it’s the best beach concert experience I’ve had, Utopia did one at the Pier in Atlantic City. The sea washed ashore under the seats!

Imagine a lovely day strolling down the boardwalk only to hear POPTONE sound checking and warming up for the Stone Pony show across the street. Photo by Lynn Vala

You gotta admit, that’s pretty fucking cool…

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YOU CAN GET IN ON A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO SEE POPTONE, AND EXPERIENCE BAUHAUS, LOVE & ROCKETS AND TONES ON TAIL!!!

July 19, 2017

Reviving his desire to perform live, Daniel Ash is touring his personal brand of dark wave music to the East Coast with POPTONE. This blue moon opportunity still has tickets available at various venues. DON’T MISS IT! Photo courtesy of Sunshine Jacobson

Way back in the late 80’s, when a friend of mine introduced me to Tones On Tail, never did I think I would have a chance to see them. They were so niche, so target-marketed, there was no way they would be coming to my area, much less would I hear about the shows in NYC or Philly, unless by chance, they happened to be promoted in a New York Daily News or Village Voice that I happened to pick up at my fave newsstand (who would special order both of those newspapers for me). Nearly 30 years later, not only am I getting to see some remnants of Tones On Tail, but they are tossing in Bauhaus, Love & Rockets as well as Daniel Ash solo material into the set list.

Who are ‘they’? They are POPTONE!

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BAUHAUS, LOVE AND ROCKETS, TONES ON TAIL, ALL LIVE ON AGAIN WITH DANIEL ASH, DIVA DOMPE AND KEVIN HASKINS AS POPTONE!!!

May 27, 2017

The promo photo for the new band Poptone playing the familiar sounds of Bauhaus, Love And Rockets, and mostly Tones On Tail. With Diva Dompe (l), Kevin Haskins (c) and Daniel Ash (r). Photo courtesy of Poptone

Throughout the 80’s and into the 90’s, there was a “Goth” movement in art, fashion, music, etc. I use quotations around Goth as that was the label affixed to the style of music that Bauhaus, Smiths, Cure, et. al. came out with. Loosely associated with pale face paint with black accents, high hair, etc. etc. yawn etc.

Besides, and most importantly, I wouldn’t know Goth if it bit me on the neck.

I have a hypothesis, I’m willing to proffer it here…

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