Last Thursday night at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, Peter Murphy did not perform to a vast sea of black-clad, morbid individuals nodding their heads of dyed-black hair, pasty faces with black-lined eyes riveted upon the charismatic vocalist widely honored as the “Godfather of Goth”. True, there were a few in what could be characterized as “gothic fashion.” With thirty years having passed since he fronted pioneering goth-rock band Bauhaus, Murphy drew not a legion of followers but an enthusiastic, modest-sized crowd of fans familiar with his band and solo work.
Entering the hazy, low-lit stage dressed all in black, Murphy warmed his unique baritone to the moody drone of Bauhaus’ “Zikir”, which segued into the Middle Eastern-tinged rocker “Low Room” from his “Holy Smoke” solo album. Three new songs followed – the Iggy Pop-styled “Velocity Bird,” heavy riff rocker “Peace to Each”
and the snappy pop-rock of “Memory Go” – all slated to appear on Murphy’s upcoming album “Ninth.”