Drummer Kevin Haskins of iconic goth-rock band Bauhaus got interested in music as a teenager in the late ’70s, when his brother took him to a punk-rock festival in the basement of the 100 Club in London. The headlining band was the Sex Pistols, and the Clash was the opener. Other punk legends, including Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees, were there, too. This particular show was really exciting to Haskins. As he recalls, “I thought, ‘I can do this! I don’t have the chops to be John Bonham, but I have the chops to play in those bands.’ It was a huge inspiration to me.”

Haskins got his start on a four-piece Premier drumset in Red Sparkle finish, with a 15″ floor tom placed to the left. These days the traditional-grip drummer has embraced the advancements in electronic drums, most notably employing an entire V-Drums drumset for Bauhaus’s recent reunion show. “I went out to Roland and saw the whole kit set up,” Kevin says. “They really got this dialed in now. It sounds like a real kit, and it felt easier.” After playing the new TD-50 kit, Haskins told Roland’s Igor Len, “I’d like to use this as my kit from here on.

“When we did the Resurrection tour over twenty years ago,” the drummer continues, “we actually got the original 2” tape and took samples [from it] to trigger. So I was triggering stuff then. The song ‘Spy in the Cab’ is very minimalistic, so now with this Roland kit, I can trigger the little guitar notes that were an overdub on the original record. I can now listen to the records and find sounds that really suit each song, like on ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead,’ where the kick drum was recorded in a cheap studio and it sounds really boxy and small. When I go see bands from back in the day, I want to hear everything verbatim. This kit also lends itself to that. After every rehearsal [for the most recent shows with Bauhaus], our singer Peter Murphy’s reaction would be, ‘I can’t believe how good this sounds now.”

Although he’s using a lot of the internal sounds in the TD-50 module, Haskins gets creative with effects. “I’m using a lot of reverb, especially,” he says. “In ‘In Fear of Fear,’ we used a phaser on the cymbals. So for every song, not only does the character change with the guitars and bass, because they’re using different effects, but I can also change the effects on the entire kit as well.

“I’ve had members of Nine Inch Nails, top producers, a lot of musicians and friends, come up to me and say, ‘Your drums sound amazing—your sound guy’s amazing!’ Haskins concludes, “He is good, but that was me and Roland.”

July 2020 Kevin Haskins drum set

Drums: Roland TD-50KVX
A. 14″ PD-140DS snare V-Pad with
a three-layer mesh head
B. 10″ PD-108-BC dual-trigger V-Pad tom
C. 8″ PD-85BK dual-trigger V-Pad tom
D. 12″ PD-128-BC dual-trigger V-Pad tom
E. KD-220-BC bass drum (KD-A22 kick
drum converter in a 22″ acoustic drum shell)

Cymbals: Roland

  1. 13″ VH-13 V-Hi-Hat
  2. 14″ CY-14C V-Cymbal
  3. 18″ CY-18DR V-Cymbal

Additional electronics: Roland SPD-SX multipad, played by singer Peter Murphy throughout the show

Sticks: Vic Firth 5A Vic Grip

Hardware: DW MCD bass drum pedals, 5000 series two-leg hi-hat and snare stand, and a 9120AL Airlift throne; Roland MDS-50KV rack and KT-10 kick trigger pedal

In-ear monitors: Ultimate Ears 18+ Pro