SXSW Interview: Depeche Mode
Electronic OGs find ĎHeavení in new album and tour
By Abby Johnston, 2:30PM, Tue. Mar. 5
Preceding the March 26 release of its 13th album, Delta Machine, UK electro pioneers Depeche Mode have confirmed three seats at the Austin Convention Center on Wednesday, March 13, for a South by Southwest music festival interview.
In each contemporary synth track today thereís Depeche Mode. From Taylor Swiftís bass makeover to the flat Moog thump of the latest New Wave revivals, the new millennial electronic revolution owes plenty to the Essex-formed quintet.
The band drops by Austin before taking Europe in May, followed by a loosely planned North American tour. The details of Delta Machine remain sparse, but single and accompanying video ďHeavenĒ play out a bare bones ballad from the ďPersonal JesusĒ three. With nothing left to prove, the wizened OGs of electronica can still leave us reeling, calmly accepting and deriving joy from a secular existence.
The bandís never had much of a dry spell, but with a 33-year-and-growing career, itís hard not to speculate that each move could be the last. For now, weíll take them where we can and cross our fingers for an ACL headlining spot.