Peter Murphy may be on the road playing Bauhaus songs at the moment, but his next batch of new music won't be far behind.
The singer is eyeing an early 2014 release for "Lion," the follow-up to 2011's "Ninth." The album was hatched during sessions with producer Youth, an old friend who Murphy got together with "just to see how it went. We did it ourselves, just like a week to see what would go over, and basically we did the album in four and a half days. It was like dropping off the edge of a cliff and no turning back, and it was really exciting."
Murphy describes the "Lion" material as "a mixture of stuff, almost like operas for the dispossessed. Its' very romantic and very deep and emotional, quite symphonic in places, but then becomes, like, a rabble-rousing pirate sea shanty. It's a mixture of 'The White Album,' which goes into 'Helter Skelter,' and kind of 'I Am the Walrus' type of arrangement stuff. It's a lot -- kind of like, 'Who is that person? How can he imagine he can do all that?' I just think I'm out of place, really. I'm like (David) Bowie, Iggy (Pop), Frank Sinatra, Elvis (Presley) all rolled into one, and it's kind of like, 'What planet did he come from?' "
Murphy says he expects to do "a second round" of recording with Youth, during which he'll "do some more songs and refine, finesse the production a bit." But he's still hoping to complete "Lion" in the fall. Meanwhile, his Mr. Moonlight Tour wraps up its first North American leg May 16 in Chicago, then heads to Germany on May 22 for a four-week run before a set of western U.S. dates commences on July 13. Murphy has tapped Bauhaus' catalog for his own shows before but has never done a show entirely of the group's material without the rest of the band. But with Bauhaus officially finished after 2008's "Go Away in White," Murphy figures it's up to him to keep the legacy alive.
"I've usually kept Bauhaus very much exclusive to itself and in its own box. I wanted to keep it special, really," Murphy explains. "But we tried twice (to reunite), and neither one really lasted. So, reluctantly, the flag is in my hands, really. I knew my band could handle it, so I put on one show in December to see what happens, and it went so well it's expanded into a world tour, and it's selling out. So that's really good news. And I thought I'd use the tie to raise money to give myself a few more resources to complete ('Lion')."