How do you keep things fresh when you've been a synth-pop and dance duo, together for almost 30 years, with 16 albums under your belt?
Erasure have done their damnedest, and recently released their album “The Violent Flame.” Led by the bangin' new single “Elevation,” Vince Clark and Andy Bell's set is still vibrant and luscious, with the beat-maker exercising restraint at times and the singer still belting them out.
I recently sat down with the Brits while they've been on tour in support of the effort — a year after their Christmas album, 28 years since they released their first album, 26 since their first No. 1 album in the U.K., and a whole lotta hits in between. Bell talked about “responsibility” in his art, and both chipped in on why EDM (electronic dance music) today can really be the pits.
Watch a clip above and a longer abridged interview below, and give a spin to the three songs the pair recommended for you to listen to.
Vince Clark recommended: Nora En Pure, “Come With Me”
Andy Bell recommended: Kate Bush, “Wow” and This Mortal Coil, “Songs of the Siren”