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This thread contains all news items regarding Dave Gahan's collaboration with Soulsavers.
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Re: Dave Gahan's and Rich Machin's collaboration
« Reply #1 on: 05 September 2011 - 22:32:05 »
2011-05-08 - ROCKERRAZZI (U.S.) - Red Carpet Interview

[In this video, Dave says he is writing songs with "a guy from Soulsavers":]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUX_KfKFvzw

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Re: Dave Gahan's and Rich Machin's collaboration
« Reply #2 on: 05 September 2011 - 22:33:54 »
2011-06-02 - WNYC (U.S.) - Radio interview with Dave Gahan

[In this interview, Dave says about his current songwriting that it will be "a bit of both, something I think will be a Soulsavers thing, and something that will end up being future Depeche stuff."]

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/2011/jun/02/depeche-mode-remodeled/
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Re: 2011: Dave Gahan's and Rich Machin's collaboration
« Reply #3 on: 06 February 2012 - 21:25:17 »
2012-01-23 - Danton Supple on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/#!/DantonSupple/status/161490561721835520

Day 1 mixing in the wonderfully dark world of Rich Machin's Soulsavers. Good to be back on board.
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Re: 2011: Dave Gahan's and Rich Machin's collaboration
« Reply #4 on: 06 February 2012 - 21:27:11 »
2012-01-26 - Danton Supple for Twitter:

http://twitter.com/#!/DantonSupple/statuses/162569616667836416

Dave Gahan/ Soulsavers Combo is very tasty indeed.
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Re: 2011: Dave Gahan's and Rich Machin's collaboration
« Reply #5 on: 06 February 2012 - 21:27:56 »
2012-01-27 - Danton Supple for Twitter:

https://twitter.com/#!/DantonSupple/status/163003933982326784

Very near the end of Soulsavers mixing. 12 tracks in 5 days. Sounding sweet but feeling the hours... #runningoncaffeine
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Re: 2011: Dave Gahan's and Rich Machin's collaboration
« Reply #6 on: 06 February 2012 - 21:40:01 »
2012-02-06 - PeterToo on Facebook:

http://twitter.com/#!/PeterToo/status/166485998761549824

New @soulsavers project with #depechemode's Dave on vocals has entered the mix/mastering stage.


And on the HOME forum: http://www.depeche-mode.com/forum/index.php?topic=28443.0

Seems the cat's been peaking out the bag, so here's what we know so far.

A forthcoming Soulsavers project with Dave on lead vox is currently being mixed/mastered in London. No exact release date confirmed so far.

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Re: 2012: Dave Gahan's collaboration with Soulsavers
« Reply #7 on: 22 February 2012 - 23:31:24 »
2012-02-22 - PeterToo on the HOME forum:

http://www.depeche-mode.com/forum/index.php?topic=28443.msg551400#msg551400

The album features a mixture of vocalists - Dave on multiple songs. Lanegan is also on there.
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Re: 2012: Dave Gahan's collaboration with Soulsavers
« Reply #8 on: 27 February 2012 - 21:59:45 »
2012-02-27 - The Quietus (UK) - Dave Gahan on Soulsavers & Depeche

[This interview was removed from the site quickly after going online, but luckily some fans copy/pasted the text in the meantime. It was uploaded again on the 1st of March.]

http://thequietus.com/articles/08094-dave-gahan-interview-depeche-mode-soulsavers

As Depeche Mode prepare to enter the studio in late-March to record their thirteenth album, we find that Martin Gore hasn't been the only one making waves in his free time. Frontman Dave Gahan – who has two solo efforts already behind him – recently completed his latest side project, a collaboration with the eclectic and ever-evolving production duo Soulsavers.
The Light, the Dead See, which will be released by Cooperative Music, features 12 acutely powerful tracks grounded in blues, soul, and flat-out arena rock. Last weekend Gahan and Rich Machin of Soulsavers told us about what went into the album, as well as the massively positive effect this relationship will have on Depeche Mode's future.
"It was definitely a very new experience for me," said Gahan. "I know some of the songs will come across as quite dark and moody, but it was the most uplifting experience I've ever had making a record." And as with Gore (whose full-length collaboration with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke, SSSS, will come out on March 12), it's clear that his outside work has rekindled a desire to write. "I don't think I'd be jumping back into the studio right now if it hadn't been for this experience," he said.
Machin and Soulsavers toured with Depeche Mode in 2009 following the release of the latter's Sounds of the Universe, and even though he and Gahan immediately took an artistic liking to one another, there were never actually any plans. "It was a very natural experience," Machin said. "We certainly didn't set out to make a record when we first started working together; we just thought it would be cool to try some things out and see what happened." The result of that effort has left both feeling a very rare sense of success. "I don't think I've written any better songs than these, or been part of any that have stretched me this far as a musician and as a vocalist," Gahan added.
The Light, the Dead See, which was recorded at studios in London, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and Sydney, features a grand scale of production and wide dynamic range akin to Soulsavers' past work – but the process was characterized by a sense of freedom that led both the music and its making to unexpected places. "I've got a 'seize the moment' kind of attitude towards stuff now." Machin said, looking back. "We even ended up recording parts of it in people's living rooms." And that freedom allowed Gahan, after what has thus far been a thirty-two year career, to explore his spirituality in new ways. "I like that talking about God makes people uncomfortable," he said. " It makes me uncomfortable when I try to accept that there's something greater than myself. And the music gave me goosebumps. It humbled me."
With Depeche Mode's forthcoming album in mind, Gahan also acknowledged that Martin Gore may have hit a creative high point of his own. "There's definitely a change in Martin, in that he's so excited about working right now," he said. "We've been through a lot together, you know, it's a family, you have your ups and downs, and it's nice to be excited about making a record together." He added that Gore is continuing to reconnect with his guitar a primary songwriting instrument. "He comes up with great ideas, he really does some great things. But I feel Martin enjoys playing live, he enjoys playing guitar, and he enjoys playing onstage. That element is now shifting into the studio a lot more."
Check the Quietus soon for our full interview with Dave Gahan and Rich Machin.
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Re: 2012: Dave Gahan's collaboration with Soulsavers
« Reply #9 on: 01 March 2012 - 16:33:11 »
2012-03-01 - Depeche Mode - SOULSAVERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FEATURING VOCALS AND LYRICS BY DAVE GAHAN

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150719035580329&set=a.148688865328.141865.26101560328&type=1
http://www.depechemode.com/news.html



SOULSAVERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FEATURING VOCALS AND LYRICS BY DAVE GAHAN
'The Light The Dead See' to be released May 21st

Soulsavers release their new album ‘The Light The Dead See’ through Cooperative Music/V2 Records on 21st May. Featuring vocals and lyrics by Dave Gahan, the record is the follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed album ‘Broken’. Recorded at various locations and mastered at Abbey Road, the record will be available on CD, LP and as a download.
“There was no real script,” says the laconic Rich Machin of the extraordinary fourth album ‘The Light The Dead See’, a set of songs of majesty and momentum. “It just rolled and rolled; it was effortless.” Yet the writing was on the wall from the moment Dave Gahan stepped in to tackle vocal duties that this was going to be something very special. “We realised we were coming from the same place in so many ways,” adds Machin. “He’s really laid himself bare on this record, his performances are astonishing: he really is a terrific singer.” Says Gahan, “Everything about it was relatively unplanned, surprising: a magical thing. We were a perfect match and I’m very, very excited about this record.”
Gahan’s lyrics and melodies came to him with spontaneity and passion. “About five songs in, I realised I was writing outside myself. I was having a go at myself, to be honest: my questions around faith, and God, or the lack thereof at any given moment. Sometimes I’m full of faith, but there are always questions. And I struggle with letting go of control of what’s going on around me. This album became very therapeutic. No restrictions. Coming out of getting sick myself, I found I HAD to get this stuff out of me. This music gave me the perfect palate to play with the BIG questions that we all ask when life becomes less about what can we GET, than: what can we DO? I’ve been very fortunate, and I’m privileged in my life, so I want to do things I feel really connected to now, otherwise there’s no point. Rich and I had both come out of something difficult. This is something to do with that. It was a wonderful experience.”
‘The Light The Dead See’ track listing:
1. La Ribera
2. In The Morning
3. Longest Day
4. Presence of God
5. Just Try
6. Gone Too Far
7. Point Sur Pt.1
8. Take Me Back Home
9. Bitterman
10. I Can’t Stay
11. Take
12. Tonight
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Re: 2012: Soulsavers's "The Light, The Dead See" featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #10 on: 01 March 2012 - 16:57:57 »
2012-03-01 - Rolling Stone (US) - Video: Dave Gahan to Sing on Soulsavers' New Album

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/video-dave-gahan-to-sing-on-soulsavers-new-album-20120301
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDZjPjAyioQ



Video: Dave Gahan to Sing on Soulsavers' New Album
Depeche Mode frontman will be the voice of the electronica project's fourth record, 'The Light the Dead See'

Soulsavers, the music and production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover, have released three LPs since 2003 with a variety of guest vocalists – most notably Mark Lanegan, known for a long solo career as well as work with Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age and the Gutter Twins. But The Light the Dead See, due May 22nd on Mute, will have a new voice – Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan.
"Soulsavers opened for Depeche Mode for a big part of the European tour for the last record we did, and I had been a fan for years," says Gahan. "We just talked about it and we started to write songs. There was no agenda, really. That's what was really special about it, there was no one breathing down our backs."

“I honestly believe this is the beginning of something and there will come a point where we will be onstage together doing some shows, hopefully after we’ve got a couple more records under belt,” Gahan tells Rolling Stone.

Interview by Patrick Flanary, video by Eric Helton and Matthew Murphy
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Re: 2012: Soulsavers's "The Light, The Dead See" featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #11 on: 01 March 2012 - 20:57:29 »
2012-03-01 - Press Release - Soulsavers new album 'The Light The Dead See' out 21st of May

http://hangout.altsounds.com/news/144451-soulsavers-album-light-dead-21st.html
http://www.depeche-mode.com/2012/03/01/soulsavers-announce-new-album-featuring-dave-gahan/
http://themusic.com.au/newsletter/4423/exclusive-depeche-mode-vocalist-is-singing-again

Soulsavers new album 'The Light The Dead See' out 21st of May

Lyrics and vocals by Dave Gahan
Soulsavers release their new album ‘The Light The Dead See’ through Cooperative Music/V2 Records on 21st May. Featuring vocals and lyrics by Dave Gahan, the record is the follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed album ‘Broken’. Recorded at various locations and mastered at Abbey Road, the record will be available on CD, LP and as a download.

“There was no real script,” says the laconic Rich Machin of the extraordinary fourth album ‘The Light The Dead See’, a set of songs of majesty and momentum. “It just rolled and rolled; it was effortless.” Yet the writing was on the wall from the moment Dave Gahan stepped in to tackle vocal duties that this was going to be something very special. “We realised we were coming from the same place in so many ways,” adds Machin. “He’s really laid himself bare on this record, his performances are astonishing: he really is a terrific singer.” Says Gahan, “Everything about it was relatively unplanned, surprising: a magical thing. We were a perfect match and I’m very, very excited about this record.”

Soulsavers – the music and production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover – have been a growing force since 2003’s debut ‘Tough Guys Don’t Dance’. 2007’s ‘It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land’ brought their dark flair to a wider audience. The inimitable Mark Lanegan served as primary singer, though there were also vocal contributions from Will Oldham and Jimi Goodwin. In 2009, third album ‘Broken’ confirmed that Soulsavers were moving away from early electronica to earthier guitars, use of space and what Machin described as “a soulful twist”. Lanegan again led the vocals on stand-outs such as ‘You Will Miss Me When I Burn’ and ‘All The Way Down’, with other guest vocalists including Oldham again, Jason Pierce, Richard Hawley, Mike Patton and Gibby Haynes. Clearly, there was no shortage of acclaimed singers ready to lend their lungs to Soulsavers’ stirring, seductive, soothing or startling creations.

Venturing out from the studio to the road, Soulsavers were invited to support Depeche Mode on the European leg of their vast and eventful 2009-10 Tour Of The Universe, during which tour Dave Gahan bounced back from more than his fair share of illness and injury. Here, the seeds of ‘The Light The Dead See’ were sewn. “We got to know each other,” says Machin. “I really warmed to him, thought he was a particularly nice guy. Dave said he was a fan of our previous albums, and watched us almost every night, and, as you do, we said: Hey, we should work on something, at some point in time…”

“The tour together was great,” recalls Gahan enthusiastically. “I love Soulsavers and I’ve also been a Lanegan junkie for years. Rich mentioned doing some writing, and I told him to send over any pieces he liked, however minimal. About 18 months ago he sent the first. I was taking a break, with my band having finished the long tour. So I said, ‘Let me sit with this, see what happens’. And it was right up my street.”

“What Rich does – big grinding bluesy organs, gospel choirs – somehow that touches something in me. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s all those years of being forced to go to Sunday School! He sent me more and just left it open, stuff I could get into, no pressure; perfectly atmospheric pieces that inspired me. It was an experiment, and both of us weren’t sure what would happen, but now I’m so pleased with this, over the moon with it.”

With Gahan penning lyrics for the music and recording his own vocals in New York, then Machin building up the results into fully-formed and arranged epics, the international project was a case of “chemistry working”. “Nothing he did, did I need to alter,” says Rich. “Everything he did just felt right.

Gahan was recovering from well-documented illness when the project began. “I’m very good now,” he says. “I still have my hospital visits now and again, but fingers crossed I’m in good health.” Then, just as the pair got settled into a rhythm, Machin acquired a “horrendous” ear/hearing problem. “I woke up in the middle of the night in agony; it was like someone was drilling into my ear.” He lost his hearing in one ear for around nine months, and is still learning to manage tinnitus. When it began to clear up, I was half-expecting we’d have to re-do everything, but it sounded great, so we pushed on. The train hadn’t come off the tracks.”

Gahan’s lyrics and melodies came to him with spontaneity and passion. “About five songs in, I realised I was writing outside myself. I was having a go at myself, to be honest: my questions around faith, and God, or the lack thereof at any given moment. Sometimes I’m full of faith, but there are always questions. And I struggle with letting go of control of what’s going on around me. This album became very therapeutic. No restrictions. Coming out of getting sick myself, I found I HAD to get this stuff out of me. This music gave me the perfect palate to play with the BIG questions that we all ask when life becomes less about what can we GET, than: what can we DO? I’ve been very fortunate, and I’m privileged in my life, so I want to do things I feel really connected to now, otherwise there’s no point. Rich and I had both come out of something difficult. This is something to do with that. It was a wonderful experience.”

‘The Light The Dead See’ track listing:
1. La Ribera
2. In The Morning
3. Longest Day
4. Presence of God
5. Just Try
6. Gone Too Far
7. Point Sur Pt.1
8. Take Me Back Home
9. Bitterman
10. I Can’t Stay
11. Take
12. Tonight
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Re: 2012: Soulsavers's "The Light, The Dead See" featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #12 on: 03 March 2012 - 21:28:02 »
2012-03-06 - V2 - News

http://www.v2music.com

Soulsavers
New album 'The Light The Dead See' announced06/03/12

We're excited to announce that Soulsavers release their new album ‘The Light The Dead See’ on 21st May. Featuring vocals and lyrics by Dave Gahan, the record is the follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed album ‘Broken’. Recorded at various locations and mastered at Abbey Road, the record will be available on CD, LP and as a download.
‘The Light The Dead See’ track listing:
1.La Ribera
2. In The Morning
3. Longest Day
4. Presence of God
5. Just Try
6. Gone Too Far
7. Point Sur Pt.1
8. Take Me Back Home
9. Bitterman
10. I Can’t Stay
11. Take
12. Tonight

“There was no real script,” says the laconic Rich Machin of the extraordinary fourth album ‘The Light The Dead See’, a set of songs of majesty and momentum. “It just rolled and rolled; it was effortless.” Yet the writing was on the wall from the moment Dave Gahan stepped in to tackle vocal duties that this was going to be something very special. “We realised we were coming from the same place in so many ways,” adds Machin. “He’s really laid himself bare on this record, his performances are astonishing: he really is a terrific singer.” Says Gahan, “Everything about it was relatively unplanned, surprising: a magical thing. We were a perfect match and I’m very, very excited about this record.”
Keep checking back for updates!
https://www.facebook.com/soulsavers
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Re: 2012: Soulsavers's "The Light, The Dead See" featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #13 on: 08 March 2012 - 22:01:48 »
2012-03-08 - Q music (UK) - How to get the world's best vocalists to sing to your tune by Soulsavers

http://news.qthemusic.com/2012/03/soulsavers_how_to_get_the_worl.html

Guest column - How to get the world's best vocalists to sing to your tune by Soulsavers

There are few people who know better how to get the best out of a vocalist than Soulsavers' Rich Machin. The likes of Will Oldham, Doves, Richard Hawley, Spiritualized's Jason Pierce and Mike Patton are among the alumni of the group's three album's so far, while Mark Lanegan sung virtually the whole of their second album, It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land, as the primary singer. With Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan not only recruited for their forthcoming fourth album - The Light The Dead See out 21 May - but on lyric-writing duties, we spoke to Machin to find out how they get the best out of their guests.

Go on tour with your targets
"I knew Dave Gahan was a fan because we'd once met briefly through a mutual friend who had played with both of us, but it was fleeting. But because we had records out around the same time he, asked if we wanted to go out on tour with Depeche Mode, so we thought, Why not? Were any of us planning a collaboration at that stage? There was certainly nothing on my part. Even when we we'd finished it to be honest, though we'd discussed doing stuff, there's a long list of people who one way or another we've gone, Hey let's do something, and then never got around to it. I was actually surprised when I heard from him some months later. Will we support anyone else? [laughs] That's the next scheme we've got to put in place, now I know it works. Let's see if we can get on the next David Bowie tour, if there is one."

Technical ability is just for starters
"Dave is a great singer but it's not just a technical ability with him. It's a very rare thing of being able to get his vocals to emotionally suit a piece of music. A lot of great singers can't get that. It's technically great, but it doesn't feel right. He can just change the feel of what he's doing so easily. I instantly thought it would be great to work with, and he's such a sweet guy to spend time with, so it was a no brainer."

Being a little bit cursed isn't always a bad thing
"Dave was ill before we started this album, so we didn't get going till he got better and then I git an horrendous problem in my ear which was not fun. I've got the hearing back in the ear but it's left me with pretty bad tinnitus. Did I ever think this record was cursed? I've been thinking that for years about anything I do to be honest, but this time more so than others. We'd gone through phases when I couldn't work, particularly when it was first taking hold. I was in a lot of pain, so I'd grab bits of time as I was feeling better then have to stop again. When it finally started getting better I thought, This will be interesting, let's see what the record actually sounds like with two ears! I was expecting it to be awful but I was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn't advise going deaf for nine months as part of the creative process for everybody, but I was pleased everything didn't need to be trashed."

Be open to ideas
"With Dave we had the benefit of a bit more time, there was no rush, but it was fundamentally the same as when we did the tracks with Mark Lanegan, in that I would work on some demos, get some loose skeleton maps of tracks together leave them with them for a little while, see if they could sketch some things together themselves and hopefully that would lead us on to the big picture."

Don't do what's expected of you
"If you look at my background of starting out and doing electronic things and Dave's as well, we really wanted to focus on this being an organic record and not pro-tools-ing the life out of it. We started at the beginning and played the whole track! The way people like Ray Charles made records."

Don't get too many singers in at once
"On the previous albums when we've worked with more singers. People will look at the list and say, There's all these people are on it, but most of the other people have done backing vocals. I'm not a big fan of those albums that have a different vocalist on each track, they don't work as albums for me so I've always consciously avoided doing that kind of thing."

Don't force it
"There's been other people I've thought of doing it with and it's not worked out. Even people I really like. I've got no problem walking away from something if it's not going the way I want it to go. You've both got to be aligned, shooting for the same thing. There are enough other people out there not to force it. We've been incredibly fortunate with the people we wanted to work with on all of our records though. We've never had anyone say, No, but we do tend to stick to people who we know anyway. It's not a case of cold calling someone randomly. Everything has just lined-up and we've been able to do it."

Rich Machin was speaking to Paul Stokes
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Re: 2012: Soulsavers's "The Light, The Dead See" featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #14 on: 13 March 2012 - 03:12:50 »
2012-03-12 - Martyn Lenoble on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/#!/martynlenoble/status/179215928691666944

I'm excited like a kid in a candy store. I get to listen to a preview of the new Soulsavers record (feat. Dave Gahan) today.
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