A funny thing happened in the 4 years since Depeche Mode last released a long player: the musical genre they helped to popularize in the 80's has made quite a comeback. Music fans are clamoring for the 80's, and bands like Kaiser Chiefs, The Bravery, The Killers and Franz Ferdinand, to name a few, have led a musical revival of synth-laced music.
So its only fitting that Depeche Mode's first album since 2001's Exciter would be a return to their synth roots. The first single off of the soon to be released LP Playing the Angel, "Precious", sounds like it could have been included on 1988's masterful Music for the Masses, or even 1993's grunge inspired Songs of Faith and Devotion. The video for the new track, available via stream here, shows an older, but still spry Dave Gahan singing, "Things get damaged/Things get broken/I thought we'd manage."
It could be a 10 word summation of the band's last decade. From Dave Gahan's much publicized suicide attempt and overdose, to chief musical architect Alan Wilder's departure from the band, to numerous rumors of the band's impending demise, Depeche Mode has certainly overcome much since 1995.
While things look rosy for a clean and sober Gahan, lyricist Martin Gore and jack of all trades Andy Fletcher, the music of Playing the Angel has all the trappings of being another dark, brooding Depeche Mode album. Not that there anything wrong with that. With song titles like "A Pain That I'm Used To", "The Sinner in Me" and "Damage People", is there any doubt that Dave Gahan will have plenty of macabre musings to sing about courtesy of Martin Gore?
After the album is released on October 18, the band is set to embark on a US Tour this fall, followed by a typical DM canvassing of Europe. Depeche Mode is also engaging in a cross promotion where fans who pre-order Playing the Angel on iTunes will receive a password that will provide them the opportunity to purchase priority seating for the tour. The band is also offering a download called "DM Receiver" which will send updated news and content directly to the desktop, keeping DM fans up to the minute with their Mode news. The reciever is available here.
Depeche Mode's North American Tour Dates (tickets through Ticketmaster):
North American tour dates:
*Wed 11/2 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Office Depot