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Depeche Mode Performs ‘Live On Letterman’ Concert

- Jay Tilles, Radio.com
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Depeche Mode (credit: Columbia Records)

Depeche Mode (credit: Columbia Records)

After more than three decades together, synth-pop pioneers Depeche Mode are excited as ever to unveil new music.

On March 26, the band will release their eleventh studio full-length, Delta Machine. Ahead of the album’s release, Depeche Mode performed live online, on their Live on Letterman from New York’s historic Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday, via CBS.com. For those unable to catch it during its first airing, the entire performance will be repeated multiple times. Shortly thereafter, the set will be made available on-demand via VEVO.

During a recent interview, frontman Dave Gahan joked with KROQ’s Kevin & Bean about the electronic band’s storied 32-year history. “We’ve been that band that nobody understood, then we’ve been the band that everybody tried to imitate, and suddenly we were the band that everybody says, ‘oh we were influenced by.’”

Gahan went on to describe the latest album as soulful. “It definitely has a lot of blues influences, I would say closer to what we were doing around the time of Songs of Faith & Devotion,” Gahan said, adding that the lyrics are in the vein of 1990’s Violator. “Martin’s come up with all these blues riffs.”

“With this release, we’ve completely shifted our idea of how to create an album,” Gahan continued. “When we hit a wall where we realize the album is beginning to sound too normal, we’ll mess it up and really give it that organic Depeche Mode sound. Delta Machine is no different, and I can’t wait for all of our fans to hear it.”

 
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