Exchanging creative juices with : Depeche Mode
release of Dave Gahan's solo album ,2003's Paper Monsters caused
tension in the Depeche Mode camp.The singer griped that his role in the
band was that of "an instrument being used by others", before dropping
dark hints that the Essex veterans' future was far from certain.
years on ,his mood is infinitely brighter.The singer and bandmates
Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher recently regrouped in California to
record their 11th studio album.To Gahan's surprise it's been a happy
"The strangest thing that's happened is that we're all
getting on pretty well,"he says."With the last album (2001's Exciter )
,it all felt a bit dead.This time we're all pulling together a lot
Tellingly ,chief songwriter Martin Gore's creative monopoly
has been broken.For the first time in the bands 25 year career ,Gahan
has brought his own songs to the table ."There's a new drive to Depeche
mode ," he says wryly "It's called competition."
harmonious intra-band relations,Gahan promises that the still-untitled
new album is as dark as anything the band have recorded,pitching it
somewhere between the stadium electronica of 1990's Violator and 1993'
guitar heavy Songs of faith and devotion.
"With Depeche Mode
,there's always that darkness in there ,"he says "At the same time
,there's hopefulness .Out of despair comes something good."
bands stint in Santa Barbara draws to a close ,Gahan is looking forward
to a few weeks offbefore recording resumes in his adopted hometown of
"We're ready to make a move ,"says the singer."There's
only so much sun you can take when you're singing songs about pain and
Working title: TBC
Completed Tracks :Pain,Suffer well,Everything,Free,Sinner in me,Macro
Recorded at :Sound Design Studios,Santa Barbara,California
but true:A recent posting on the bands website claimed that Andy
Fletcher would be on the cover of top-shelf ladies mag Playgirl.Sadly
it turned out to be an April fools joke.