It can’t be easy being DEPECHE MODE, the sheer weight of expectation for everything they do from their devoted fan base must sit heavy at times, a fact evidenced by the diminishing returns on recent albums, the latest ‘Spirit’ included.
As someone that remembers them as fresh faced poppets wielding synths without a drummer in sight at venues smaller than the average arena green room, it was with some fascination I approached the show at Glasgow Barrowlands.More inside ›
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Tagged with: Depeche Mode
The claim that DEPECHE MODE are the flag bearers for electro-blues becomes somewhat redundant with ‘Into The Unknown’, the debut album from iEUROPEAN.
Coupled to Seán Barron’s Mittel Europa synths are Ruth Lalor’s soulful, bluesy vocals, schooled under the influence of Billie Holliday and Lena Horne. Thus this long player really is a musical journey ‘Into The Unknown’.More inside ›
Over the last six years, The Electricity Club has written a large number of features that fall outside of the standard interview or review format.
Articles have included new artist introductions, lost albums, song listings based around a variety of topics, beginner’s guides on highly regarded personalities and TEC’s tongue-in-cheek Carry On Synthpop series. These Transmissions have been archived on a page in reverse chronological order. More inside ›
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Posted in Carry On Synthpop, Introducing, Lists & Beginner's Guides, Lost Albums, Missing In Action, TEC Gold, Transmissions
Tagged with: Billy Mackenzie, Brian Eno, Chris Payne, Claudia Brücken, David Bowie, De/Vision, Depeche Mode, Dramatis, Gary Numan, Giorgio Moroder, Japan, Jean-Michel Jarre, John Foxx, Mark Reeder, Marsheaux, Martyn Ware, Mike Howlett, Mute, Neu!, One Dove, Peach, Section 25, Simple Minds, Stephen Hague, Tangerine Dream, The Blue Nile, Trevor Horn, Vince Clarke, Wolfgang Riechmann, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Younger Younger 28s
So, the Camaraderie of Black Swarm have awaited four years to receive their gift of a new DEPECHE MODE album. Following in the footsteps of ‘Delta Machine’ which paired with ‘Sounds Of The Universe’, did not cause a stir and failed to impress.
Still, the devoted and ever hopeful fans have been as anxious as ever to put their hands on the newest release entitled ‘Spirit’.More inside ›
The switch to digital technology in the production of synthesizers caused a seismic shift not just in the way that music was produced, but also how analogue devices were perceived.
The synths chosen are also from the first wave of digital synths and as such doesn’t include any of the current wave of digital-based products.More inside ›
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Tagged with: Alan Wilder, Benge, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Gary Numan, Jean-Michel Jarre, Kate Bush, OMD, Pet Shop Boys, The Art Of Noise, The Prodigy, Vince Clarke