Release date: late 2017/early 2018?
Location: Los Angeles
Current Lineup: Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and Diva Dompé
Our Favorite Track(s) : Mirror People, No Big Deal, Go!
Sounds Like: Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets mixed with The Stooges and The Clash
This is an album of reimagined Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets songs, but more stripped down and simplified. No glittery 80s synths, no dark oppressive drums. Just a solid three piece band, a la simple punk music, with some fuzz on the bass. The hooks are all there and the rhythm section is super good. It’s enjoyable to hear these classic songs in a different way, even if they are somewhat more mellow in tone….the raw bones of the songs are still very vibrant and alive. While I found it surprising to be the album opener, the cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” is smart and well thought out, keeping with the voice and style of the rest of the album.
The feel of Poptone is fresh and modern, while still keeping with their vintage sound from the 70s and 80s. This is a perfect album for when you want to hear these songs, but you don’t want them to take over your sonic space like the original versions did. I could see this being played over dinner, or in a movie, or for when you just want to chill out. It lacks the intensity and production of the originals, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. These songs were well crafted from the start, lending them to be the perfect mellower versions of themselves.