TORONTO -- Depeche Mode has released a new album every four years since the early 1990s, so fans weren't surprised by the English band's announcement in late January that its 13th record was coming soon. The blues-tinged Delta Machine is out March 26 and the electronic band has September gigs scheduled at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto and Bell Centre in Montreal.
Band member Andy Fletcher talked to The Canadian Press.
How did the blues inspire the new album?
AF: We have dabbled in this before, one of our most famous tracks, Personal Jesus, is very linked to blues music. All three of the band members, we have varied tastes in music going back to blues to early rock 'n' roll. I think the interesting thing is the mixing between blues and electronics and I think it really goes well. Obviously some songs such as Slow are more heavily blues influenced but even the tracks that are mainly electronics you can still hear the blues influence.
CP: Have you considered giving a modern make-over to older tracks like Just Can't Get Enough that fans want to hear live but no longer reflect your current musical style?
DM: You can't modernize Just Can't Get Enough, it's a classic pop song, it has a classic sound, you just have to play it. It's one of the most famous tracks of the '80s, if you tried to modernize it it'd be horrible. I think it stands up as a classic track and obviously you have to position it in the set list where it'll sound the most comfortable but I think we'd be doing the song -- such a part of our history -- a disservice to try to modernize it.
CP: Why Heaven as the lead single? Was it the band's choice or the label's preference?
DM: "I don't think the label would've chosen that song, we just felt it was the right sound to introduce the album: great song. Commercially it doesn't really stand up, it's too slow, but for us it's the perfect taste for the album itself... It is important to us still to have success but not at all costs."
-- The Canadian Press