I’ve mentioned in the past – one of the biggest genres that have influenced me in multiple ways was the British post-punk / goth movement in the early and mid 80s. By the time I was leaving high school in the late 80s, many of those bands have disbanded or ended completely. It was exciting to to follow the morphs and learning about their previous bands. For example, I knew about New Order before hearing any Joy Division. I knew about Love and Rockets before listening to any Bauhaus, etc. I loved going deeper into the history and understanding the progression.
One of those transition bands, that I was absolutely obsessed with, that very few people seem to know about, was the band Tones on Tail. This was a band that excited between Bauhaus and Love and Rockets.. and are amazing. Both Love and Rockets and Bauhaus have reformed and toured again, but Tones has never reformed in any way… until now.
POPTONE is Tones on Tail featuring Daniel Ash on guitars/vox, Kevin Haskins on drums and Diva Dompe (who is Kevin’s daughter and replacing original member Glen Campling) on bass. This tour is going to be one of my ‘regret’ tours. They are not playing close to me… and I can’t make traveling work. Years from now.. I WILL regret not seeing them.
Recently, on their Instagram, there was a photo of Daniel Ash setting up and you get to see his modest (but highly effective) pedal board set up. Check it out:
Daniel Ash – POPTONE Pedal Board
Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Boss TR-2 Tremolo
Boss BF-3 Flanger
Boss MT-2 Metal Zone <= not 100% sure
Boss AW-3 Dynaic Wah <= not 100% sure
Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble
Boss DS-1 Distortion
TC-Helicon Mic Mechanic
Are you a fan of Tones on Tail? Never heard of them? Check some out here. Let me know what you think.. or if you seen anything incorrect on the board by commenting below!