Since the debut of their first release Speak & Spell in 1981, the fathers of synth-pop have sold a staggering 100 million albums worldwide, cementing the British group as one of the most revered bands in modern music.
Three decades and twelve albums later, Depeche Mode is still thriving in an ever-changing music scene, although they wonder if the business will ever return to actually developing artists’ careers.
In a recent interview with British-based MusicWeek, the band voiced their disdain for the current state of artist development siting a particularly fiery hatred for television shows like X-Factor.
“I’m not advocating violence,” says Martin Gore, “but I think somebody should shoot Simon Cowell!” Unlike the way bands are manufactured today, Gore explained how his band had the luxury of developing over time and found their footing. He asked, “What happened to bands getting together?”
Frontman Dave Gahan furthered the sentiment, adding “It’s a pretty horrible business today really, I’ve got to say. You have to be tough and you’ve got to be thick skinned because there are going to be things written about you that you’re not going to like. You’re going to get scrutinized, your work will not always be liked and if they do like something really a lot they’re probably not going to like the next thing and compare it to the last thing. It takes a time for a band to grow if they’re any good. We were lucky that we were taken under the wing of Daniel Miller who never once in the studio said, “Where’s the hit song?”
On October 13th, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher took to a stage in Paris to announce details of their upcoming world tour and new album. They were met with throngs of fans and press eagerly awaiting details of a new album and tour. The band revealed a new untitled song as well as a 34-date UK stadium tour with US dates and album title to follow.
– Jay Tilles, CBS Local