Stars and the Sea
“Kevin [Haskins] and I get along really well, like a house on fire, we’re really different personalities, which is why it probably works,” says Daniel Ash about long-running bandmate of numerous bands in the last three decades. Daniel and Kevin have formed the new band POPTONE which embraces all aspects of their careers – from the legendary Bauhaus, timeless band Tones on Tail and chart-topping alt-rockers Love and Rockets. Joined by Haskins’ daughter Diva Dompe, Poptone has already announced two now-sold-out Los Angeles concerts with more dates to be announced.
“Kevin’s an obvious choice,” says Daniel. “He’s played in all three bands – Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets. We’ve been searching for a bass player, and to make a long story short, [Kevin’s daughter] Diva plays bass. We auditioned her, and she plays great, she looks great and the chemistry is great.”
Empowered by the sudden attention from an almost undetectable announcement on band’s website, Poptone quickly became a major topic of attention for sites like Slicing Up Eyeballs, mxdwn, Gothpost, among others. In similar fashion, their silently announced Los Angeles shows sold out almost immediately. With this overwhelming feeling of excitement, Poptone have begun planning and plotting their next steps as a band with a national tour dates as the first order of business. Shows will be announced in the coming weeks.
Originally emerging from the British punk and rock underground in the late 70s, Daniel and Kevin, along with vocalist Peter Murphy and bassist David J, Bauhaus spawned four iconoclastic and ultra-seminal albums as well as keystone singles “She’s In Parties”, “Ziggy Stardust”, and, of course, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” before disbanding in 1983. Rising from the rubble, Daniel and Glenn Campling collaborated soon after as the short-lived but no less impactful Tones on Tail (with Kevin joining the fray soon after), and pumped out midnight dancefloor classics such as “Ok This Is the Pops”, “Christian Says” and the smash “Go!” (which has recently appeared in the We’re the Millers trailer and was most recently re-recorded for the upcoming Power Rangers film). Next, the duo reunited with Bauhaus bassist David J. and hit the mainstream with the formation of Love and Rockets through the 1989 hit single “So Alive” which reached Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Now as Poptone, Daniel and Kevin are revisiting their storied catalogue and presenting in a fresh, new direction, to combine their histories with a reinvigorated outlook for new tours and potentially new music.
Poptone is Daniel Ash (vocals, guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums), and Diva Dompe (bass, backing vocals).