Stepping into the spotlight was not the easiest move for Dave Gahan. Of course he’s been strutting around as the singer of Depeche Mode for the better part of 40 years, but with Soulsavers Gahan takes control of the music in the studio as well as on the stage, and the fear and thrill of total ownership is not lost to him.
After two solo records—2003’s Paper Monsters and 2007’s Hourglass—Gahan teamed up with the UK production duo Soulsavers (Rich Machin and Ian Glover) in 2012 for their first collaborative LP, The Light the Dead See. This year, the three saints of sweeping British electronic pop released Angels & Ghosts, a gorgeous, spacious, gospel-tinged album that showcases Gahan’s ability to craft songs that fit right into his shiny, leather pockets. While there’s a spartan quality to the album, learning how to perform these songs live required the use of a 10-member band that includes members of Spirtualized and Porno for Pyros.
On the latest episode of From The Road, Gahan and Soulsavers take us into rehearsals, where Gahan details the struggles of creating music and the various angels and ghosts that have kept both Soulsavers and Depeche Mode going all these years.