SXSW Music Showcase: Depeche Mode

Synthesizers will christen Austin’s new Brazos Hall

Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” in 2005 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio
Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” in 2005 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio (by Gary Miller)

Synth pop forefathers Depeche Mode play their first ever South by Southwest showcase a week from today, Friday, March 15. The British electro-pop pioneers perform at Austin’s newest music venue, Brazos Hall, a 900-person warehouse at Fourth and Brazos in the heart of the Sixth Street music district.

On Tuesday came the announcement of the trio’s SXSW Interview, core members Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher taking part in a public Q&A moderated by Jason Bentley, Music Director of KCRW in Los Angeles. That’s Wednesday, March 13, at the Austin Convention Center, 5pm.

After that, it wasn’t much of a stretch to believe an official showcase would follow, but in the wake of other big confirmations – like Natalie Maines yesterday – most had already moved on. Now, fans get a chance to preview Depeche Mode’s new album Delta Machine, out March 26. So far, only the slow and uplifting “Heaven” has been released, Delta Machine again matching the Brits with Eric Hiliar, who produced their Sounds of the Universe and Playing the Angel albums.

Depeche Mode powers up at 10pm after sets by local synth chicks Feathers and radio ready pop band Neighbourhood. Swedish DJ Eric Prydz follows up the main event. Feeling lucky? Another ticket lottery, open to SXSW Platinum and Music badgeholders, will determine who gets in.

Details of the band’s 2013 North American tour are scheduled to emerge in a few weeks.

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