Dave Gahan and Soulsavers combine their creative forces
Depeche Mode’s lead singer, Dave Gahan, is currently in the studio working on a new project with the English band, Soulsavers. Gahan worked with Soulsavers once before in late 2009, when they supported Depeche Mode during the European segment of the “Tour of the Universe.” The artists have been underway with this new collaboration and as of Feb. 7, according to a tweet from one of the webmasters, the project “has entered the mix/mastering stage.”
Together, Ian Glover and Rich Machin are the pairing that make up Soulsavers (they also go by The Soulsavers Soundsystem.) The duo works as a remix and production team, composing downbeat electronic music, with hints of gospel, rock, country and soul thrown in. The two men have released three albums to date: “Tough Guys Don’t Dance” in 2003, “It’s Not How Far You Fall,” in 2007, and “Broken,” in 2009.
This won’t be the first time that Soulsavers introduces a guest vocalist into the mix. In 2009, their third album, “Broken,” featured Mark Lanegan as the main singer, alongside a number of musicians. These musicians include Jason Pierce of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, Gibby Haynes and Richard Hawley of Butthole Surfers, and Mike Patton of Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle and Faith No More.
For whatever reason all of Soulsavers’ previous combined efforts fell beneath the radar. However, Gahan’s work with Depeche Mode has endured adoration and stardom for at least three decades. Therefore this is an enormous deal for both Soulsavers and listeners alike, as pretty much anything Depeche Mode oriented turns to gold; and anything Gahan touches is beloved. Perhaps with his help, Soulsavers will see a little bit of limelight; and the masses will have more of what they love.
A live performance from Erfurt, with Soulsavers playing as support for Depeche Mode.
A video for a popular Soulsavers single, “Revival”, from their 2007 album, “ It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land.”
A video for Depeche Mode’s “Precious”, from their 2005 album, “Playing the Angel.”
A video for Depeche Mode’s ”Wrong”, from their 2009 album, “Sounds of the Universe.”