If you follow some of my articles or my twitter (hint hint), you know by now that I’m a huge fan and supporter of UK electronic band Depeche Mode. Since I was a young ‘un adjusting the antenna on my radio to get the local pop/rock radio station (how many of you can say you’ve done that?), their sound and attitude always appealed to me. I don’t know if it was Martin Gore’s fantastic songwriting, Andy Fletcher’s mesmerizing sounds, or Dave Gahan’s incredibly unique and versatile voice (I would probably commit some grave crimes to be able to sing like that man) or if it was simply the group as a whole, but I was always hooked when they came on.
Fast forward some 20 years later and I’m still a fan, as eager to hear new music from them as ever. That’s why I’ve been chomping at the bits for a chance to listen to their latest release Delta Machine. Now, having spun the record several times and thinking about it more than is probably healthy, I’ve come to a rather interesting theory. In my mind, I think that Depeche Mode wanted the listener to go through a religious experience when listening to this album.
If you’re scratching your head and asking yourself, “What the hell is he talking about?”, then I encourage you to head on below to hear me out. And if you have a different theory, I’d love to hear it! READ MORE
UK electronic band Depeche Mode have announced that they will be releasing a new album in March 2013 via Columbia Records. As-of-yet-untitled, this will be the first release through Columbia for the band. The band released a video showing them recording the album set to new music, which you can watch below.
“I am very happy with how the album turned out,” comments Martin Gore. “The music has a similar vibe to Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion and I think the songs on the album are among some of the very best we’ve done.”
Singer Dave Gahan comments, “The album has a very organic and direct feel to it. It’s not a blues record, but it definitely has a soulful vibe. During the recording process we really tried to get the elements of performing and the live show into the album more.”
Playing The Angel is one of my favorite albums of all time, so I’ll DEFINITELY be checking this album out the day it’s released! READ MORE
One of my dreams in life is to see Depeche Mode live and it’s looking like that dream may have a chance of coming true next year! The band has posted several European tour dates on their Facebook. The tour will actually kick off in Asia, with a show in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 7th before heading into Europe for a full tour that lasts until July 29th. Afterwards, the band says that they will be bringing the tour to N. America.
Per their Facebook, “Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher will play 34 must-see shows in 25 European countries to an audience of more than 1.5 million fans, before taking the tour to North America.” You can see the full touring schedule below.
Playing The Angel is one of my all-time favorite albums. It’s one of those discs that I pop in, hit ‘Play’ and just let it go the whole way through. READ MORE