Chances are you know him best as the impeccably cheekboned former frontman for Bauhaus, which practically invented the genre known as “goth” with its epically creepy ode “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”.
But, as one of the most fascinating musicians in modern music, Peter Murphy—at the Rickshaw on Friday (June 27)— has so much more to offer. Born and raised in England, the 56-year-old has spent the past two decades living in Turkey, the country’s exotic influence seeping into forward-thinking world-music records such as Holy Smoke and Dust.
Murphy’s recently released 10th solo album, Lion, teams him up with another famous post-everything pioneer, namely former Killing Joke bassist Youth, who handles the production side of things. Garnering nothing less than glowing reviews, the record—which came together quickly—has been described as “enraged, engaged and engaging” and “dark and sublime” by discerning critics. We like, however, Murphy’s own description of “operas for the dispossessed”, and not just because it sounds like something that Bela Lugosi would appreciate.