Posted in music | pictures on July 23, 2012

photos by Debi Del Grande

Soulsavers

Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan recently did some moonlighting as the singer on the new Soulsavers album The Light The Dead See. And [Saturday] night in L.A. at the famed studios of the Capitol Records building, the collaborators came together on the stage for a stunning seven-song set.

Backed by a six-piece band, Gahan and Soulsavers brought to life the full drama of the haunting new album. Opening with the gorgeous gothic tune "Presence Of God," a track that marries the sounds of Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, the group delivered one standout after another for a crowd of at most 150 people.

After the orchestral swirl of "In The Morning," Gahan said, "I've never been this close to people." This was likely true for a guy who's spent the last three decades in arenas and stadiums. And following the forty-five minute set, Gahan and Soulsavers' Rich Machin were overheard walking through the crowd talking about the sensation of playing at "eye level" for people.

It may have been unusual for them, but the performance was only enhanced by the intimacy. Among the other standouts were the simple ditty "Just Try," a song Gahan introduced as "the fun one," and the album's lead single, "Take Me Back Home," which took on a gospel feel with the back-up vocalists doing a call and response to Gahan's soulful wails of desperation.

Following the closing "Gone Too Far," Gahan said, "Thank you, that's all we've got," which wasn't an exaggeration. As of now, this was the only U.S. show scheduled for the group. After the set, Depeche Mode manager Jonathan Kessler explained that Gahan is now fully immersed in his day job. He is recording the new Depeche album in Santa Barbara, California, where Martin Gore resides, for an April 2013 release with a full world tour to follow, according to Kessler. [Rolling Stone]

More pictures from the intimate LA show, below...

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Comments (31)

i love this man.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 10:02 AM

30 Years plus! Go Dave...he really overcame a lot in his personal life and he looks healthy these days! Can't wait for another Depeche Mode tour!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 10:23 AM

Dave GAYhan
Dave MEHhan

take yer pick ;-)

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 10:38 AM

Wow...how did BV get into this? Lucky fucker

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 10:38 AM

Love Dave! Can't wait for new Depeche Mode album. Also he sounds great on the Soul Savers album. True legend

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | July 23, 2012 10:39 AM

WHEN IS THE NEW DEPECHE MODE ALBUM/TOUR?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 11:03 AM

Depressed white people scare me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 11:08 AM

@11:03

New DM album in 2013

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | July 23, 2012 11:14 AM

i wish i could get into that soulsavers album. eh.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 11:27 AM

Jonathan Kessler, their "manager", is such an amazing tool. He has to get more lines in an article about Dave Gahan/Depeche Mode then Dave Gahan himself. Will be so glad when Dm wakes up and fires that sub moron.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 11:38 AM

Dave Gahan looks very good wish u the best always DAVE=)WEN R U COMING TO MEXICO!! KEEP ME POSTED PLS=)

Posted by carlos Garcia | July 23, 2012 11:42 AM

I am grateful to Jonathan Kessler because he got me into the Depeche Mode show at bowery as his plus one!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 12:11 PM

"Depressed white people scare me."

"Clever" white people pretending that white people are a group outside of themselves annoy me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 12:48 PM

12:48 annoys me, for more reasons than I feel like writing here

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 12:54 PM

12:54: Good. I'm glad I bother the people I call out for obvious reasons.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 1:08 PM

1:08 - I am 12:54, and that was the first time I posted here. What are you, some kind of psychotic imaginary mind invader for "calling me out" for something I didn't do? You are a special kind of jackass! Nice one. Now I have to start another page of reasons you make me want to hit you in the face with a piss balloon.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 1:20 PM

1:20 - I am 1:08. Let's get together?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 1:30 PM

Dave: you are my real love,I wait for you!!!!!

Posted by neva | July 23, 2012 3:57 PM

has anyone heard of that band Night Club? they're buzzing in LA.. they sound like Depeche with a chick singer
http://soundcloud.com/nightclubband

Posted by Glen C | July 23, 2012 6:44 PM

^"buzzing'. Ha, nice to see LA hasn't changed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 6:51 PM

what ISN'T buzzing in LA?

just listened to Night Club, actually not bad. are they new or something?

Posted by Ashley | July 23, 2012 7:16 PM

gahan looks great!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 7:24 PM

Have you ever thought of adding violin sounds in a song? Love the idea of you adding sounds which pertains to a 50 piece orchestra. This would make your music astonishing and Angelic! I have a great idea for your 2013 concert. Dr. Korotkov invented this machine which captures an electrical looking aura from your fingers. This would look magnificant for your audience to view!

Posted by Frances Marie St. John | August 1, 2012 6:25 PM

if you look up "True Rock Star" in thee dictionary ...You would see one of Dave Gahan's picture ...a true artist in every sense! ...i hope to someday work with him

MxXx-

Posted by DJ M-TRAXXX aka Manny Cuevas | August 19, 2012 10:04 PM

if you look up "True Rock Star" in thee dictionary ...You would see one of Dave Gahan's picture ...a true artist in every sense! ...i hope to someday fuck him

MxXx

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2012 11:36 PM

I love it when hipsters expose their racism. Lucky for yous your behind a computer screen anonymous. Enjoy your privlieges!

Posted by Clever | September 27, 2012 6:25 AM

Very interesting article, I look forward to more research coming out regarding the remaining two thirds

Posted by Youtube | September 28, 2012 4:51 PM

Dave gahan is amazing.

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