Pop quiz, hot shot! Name one band that has been around for quite sometime but has rarely troubled the media. Can’t think of one? Well, then you should get to know Depeche Mode. Surprised? Don’t be. The band has always maintained their eccentricity without really coming off as one of the “bad boys”.
The band might have found undue attention after songwriter Martin Gore joked about someone shooting Simon Cowell, the band has relatively stayed below the radar for quite some time now. Considered as the most popular electronic band the world has ever known, Depeche Mode had its humble beginnings in Basildon, Essex in 1980.Originally, the band is composed of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke. Upon the release of the band’s first album, “Speak and Spell” in 1981, Clarke left the group to be replaced by Alan Wilder. By 1995, Wilder has also left the group leaving the trio to continue as the Depeche Mode that we know today. “Speak and Spell” was follows by the band’s second studio album, “A Broken Frame”. Tracks for the said album were written by Martin Gore, although he later on claimed that the said album was their worst so far. The third album, Construction Time Again, was released in 1983 and was far more successful than the last one. It contained such tracks as “Everything Counts” and “The Landscape Is Changing”. “Construction Time Again” marked a more political focus from the band and was hailed by many as a maturing of the band as well as Gore’s songwriting skills.
Able to quickly adapt to the changing times, the group has found itself evolving from synth-poppers to electro-rock musicians. Today, Depeche Mode is about to set a new milestone with the release of their latest album in our years, Delta Machine.
Delta Machine is produced under the Columbia Records label although, interestingly, the album cover still featured the Mute Records label even after the band has already severed ties with the said company. It comes four years after they have released their album, Sounds of the Universe, in 2009. The said album features such singles as “Heaven”, which was already released to the public last February 1, “Angel”, ‘Broken”, “Soothe My Soul” which was released after “Heaven”, and “The Child Inside”. The vocals for Delta Machine was handled efficiently by Dave Gahan. Although critics find that the said album pales in comparison to “Black Celebration”, “Violator”, and “Songs of Faith and Devotion”, Delta Machine is still considered to be one of Depeche Mode’s worthy releases.
To date, the band has sold more than a hundred million albums with dozens of singles making it to the top 40. They have currently launched their North American tour in order to promote their Delta Machine album. The band has also announced the dates for their UK tour this coming November in support of the said album within the UK market.
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