Daniel Ash's New Band And Album + Bauhaus Reunion To Resume In 2022
With the Bauhaus reunion on hold due to COVID-19, guitarist Daniel Ash had time in 2020 to focus on a new album by his new band called Ashes and Diamonds, who has plans to release the record later this year, he announced on Baxie's Musical Podcast on Monday.
In regards to the Bauhaus reunion tour, Ash said: “there’s definitely plans when all this lifts (to resume, though) I don’t think it’s going to be until next year now”.
The new band, Ashes and Diamonds, features Ash on vocals and guitar, bassist Paul Denman of Sade’s eponymous band and current Public Image Ltd. drummer Bruce Smith, who previously played with The Pop Group, The Slits, and Rip Rig + Panic.
On the podcast, Ash says they have recorded about 15 songs which are in the final stages of mixing and have a goal of finishing the record by the end of February. The band started work in the studio 18 months ago and ended up sending files to each other to finish once the pandemic set in.
“I must say it’s working out really well,” Ash said. “We’ve had time to really craft the songs and get them produced as good as possible, because I really hate underproduction, unless it’s the Velvet Underground.”
“This is a real cliché, but there’s a song about 2020 and it’s a really, really sad song,” he said. “I can’t listen to it at the moment. It’s too sad. it’s a real downer. But we’re tweaking the music so that it’s not a downer, to have a juxtaposition there within the song, because if you have the music and the lyrics down, it doesn’t work. Nobody wants to hear it because it’s too depressing.”
Ash says once the album is ready, the group will have to decide how to release and promote it, since they cannot yet tour to support it. He says they plan to release the album this year and eventually play shows. “We can’t wait, actually, to get some sort of feedback,” Ash says.
On the podcast Ash also spoke about songwriting and his dislike of the “goth” label. Ash also talks about Love and Rockets' album Sweet F.A., "GO!" by Tones on Tail and Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead".
In regards to Bauhaus, Ash Says:
“We get on and we don’t get on and we get on and we don’t get on,” he said. “It’s OK. It’s doable now because we’re older. It’s not a big deal. … It’s funny, because I’m saying this now, but we might all fall out again in 36 hours, I don’t know. But it’s definitely easier as we get older.”
Prior to the launch of the Bauhaus reunion in late 2019, Ash teamed up with former bandmate Kevin Haskins and Haskins’ daughter, Diva Dompe, to tour and record as Poptone, performing songs from the catalogs of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets and, in particular, Tones on Tail.
In the podcast interview, Ash is most effusive about the work of the short-lived Tones on Tail.
“I think we were really breaking new ground with that,” he said. “If you listen to that stuff now, it sounds like it could have been recorded last week because it’s not in any category at all. What I’m very proud of with that band is it sounds like it’s from another planet.”
Listen to the full interview below