Brit Face Off: Depeche Mode vs. the Cure

Depeche Mode

Fri., 8pm, AMD stage

Years active: 33

Hometown: Basildon, Essex

Current members: Dave Gahan, Andy Fletcher, Martin Gore

Height of the lead singer: 5 feet 11 inches

Number of albums: 13

Career high point: The World Violation Tour

Number of Grammy nominations: Five

Musical weapon of choice: Virus TI keyboard

Notable ex-members: Alan Wilder, Vince Clark

Song they have to play: "Enjoy the Silence"

Song they shouldn't play: Most of Delta Machine

Last show in Austin: March 15, 2013, Brazos Hall

Signature frontman accessory: Vest and no shirt

Preferred stage lighting: Anything that shows off Gahan's abs

Key non-secular but secular song: "Personal Jesus"

Celebrity fans: Frank Ocean, Coldplay

Essential concert movie: 101

Early band names: No Romance in China, Composition of Sound

Number of fan sites on the first page of a Google search: Five

Why one over the other? Depeche Mode is built for the arena-sized crowds ACL offers, with frontman David Gahan still every inch a rock star, albeit an electronic one.

The Cure

Sat., 8pm, AMD stage

Years active: 37

Hometown: Crawley, West Sussex

Current members: Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'Donnell, Jason Cooper, Reeves Gabrels

Height of the lead singer: 5 feet 10 inches

Number of albums: 13

Career high point: 1992's Wish nominated for Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album

Number of Grammy nominations: Two

Musical weapon of choice: Robert Smith. And his hair.

Notable ex-members: Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, Lol Tolhurst

Song they have to play: "Pictures of You"

Song they shouldn't play: "Give Me It"

Last show in Austin: Aug. 6, 2008, Austin Music Hall

Signature frontman accessory: Lipstick and smudged pancake makeup

Preferred stage lighting: Blue

Key non-secular but secular song: "Just Like Heaven"

Celebrity fans: Depeche Mode

Essential concert movie: The Cure in Orange

Early band names: The Obelisk, Easy Cure

Number of fan sites on the first page of a Google search: Four

Why one over the other? Robert Smith, the poster child of British goth weirdness, knows how to pander to his cultlike following and singles fans alike. Plus, they're coming without a new album out, leaving them free to shut up and play the hits.

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