Erasure happy to tour a World Beyond

Erasure World Be Gone Tour

When: Aug. 15, 7 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theatre

Tickets and info: From $39.50 at livenation.com

Since Wonderland arrived in 1986, the synth-pop duo Erasure has been a fixture on UK and European pop charts.

Having been a founding member of Depeche Mode and then forming groundbreaking combo Yazoo, keyboardist Vince Clarke was already a pop star when he conceived of a new project. When Andy Bell responded to a blind audition for the role of singer, there was no question as to whether he got the job. With his powerhouse range and signature falsetto, Bell proved the perfect vehicle to take Erasure singles such as Who Needs Love Like That?, Chains of Love and Always into the global playlist.

As the band hits its 33rd year, they are touring it’s 17th album, 2017’s World Be Gone. The first top 10 in two decades, the recording has spun-off both 2018’s World Be Gone, a reworking of the material for Bell and Belgian chamber ensemble, Echo Collective and the recently released World Be Live recording.

On the phone from his home in Brooklyn, Clarke noted that the tour is based around the electronic version, rather than the orchestral one.

“It’s really based around the electronic World Be Gone and a whole lot of the hits,” said Clarke. “We’ve made no plans to tour with the string people, but we’ll see. Exploring new avenues is always part of what Erasure is about.”

That comment can be taken at multiple levels. Musically speaking, the group was into heavy electronic sounds well ahead of the sound becoming a dominant force in pop. As Brit Pop and Grunge pushed popular music back to the familiar formula of guys with guitars, Erasure released the Abba-Esque EP, a tribute to the Swedish pop icons ABBA. A recent article in The Guardian noted the enduring popularity of the group 50 years after it won Eurovision and a new Mamma Mia! film hit movie theatres. In 1992, admitting to being an ABBA fan was not a popular position.

“When we did that record, ABBA was the furthest place from cool you could imagine,” said Clarke. “But Andy was a huge fan and introduced me to them, and I was immediately aware that these were amazing songs. So we made that record and I still stand by it.”

Clarke and Bell also stand by a fondness for disco hooks in their

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

      

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