There are two things that stand out with an artist like Peter Murphy. One: His distinctive voice, instantly recognizable, continues to be a standout. No one sounds like Murphy; many have often attempted to imitate its nuances, at the very least. But no dice. And two: Despite having legions of loyal fans whose admiration for Bauhaus continues to grow to this day, long after the band’s breakup, Murphy is not a retro performer. Not by any means. His latest album, Lion, is further evidence of his desire to continue exploring different and sometimes seemingly disparate musical styles, with that power – the dark emotional intensity – that he’s known for.
Murphy produced Lion with Killing Joke bassist Youth in a mind-boggling single week, without laying out any plans or ideas beforehand. Incredible. Murphy is currently on tour in support of his recently-released album, and that includes a stop in Austin for a show tonight at The Belmont, 305 W. 6th St. And, as if this show wasn’t cool enough already, two of Austin’s own are opening – My Jerusalem, and The Boxing Lesson. Dark, moody, passionate, trippy, spacey, glorious madness. Talk about a triple bill to drool over. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m. So recommended.