Written by: David Porter
Photo by Judy Lyon
Daniel Ash appears this week on the newest episode of Stereo Embers: The Podcast with Alex Green.
This past year Ash has formed the band Poptone, which is comprised of Ash’s former Bauhaus and Love And Rockets bandmate Kevin Haskins and Haskins’ daughter Diva on bass.
Poptone, who are set to release a new album this June, play the songs of Bauhaus, Love And Rockets and Tones On Tail. The band reinterprets the aforementioned back catalogs and reimagine the songs with a dark and glorious new energy.
As exciting as that news is, in this interview Ash talks about…motorcycles.
And Brigitte Bardot standing next to a motorcycle.
And Easy Rider.
And if an ad for a motorcycle can upstage a beautiful girl.
You get the idea.
“Thank you for talking to me about things I like,” Ash says at one point. It’s an entertaining and discursive talk, but the through-line is motorcycles: why some people ride them and others don’t, what the best motorcycle films are and whether or not stepping on stage gives Ash the same thrill as blasting through the desert at 100 miles per hour on…you guessed it: a motorcycle.
He also talks about his new single “Alien Love,” says Kevin Haskins is always making lists and he tells Alex what picture he has hanging in his bathroom.
According to the Poptone press release, the self-titled Poptone record, “will be available digitally, on CD in a mini jacket, and on white vinyl in a striking 2 LP set and can already be pre-ordered with advance copies of the LP available exclusively at Poptone live shows.”