Era­sure heads

Andy Bell tells Lau­ren Mur­phy how band part­ner Vince Clarke saved him from the curse of Phil Spec­tor – and why coke isn’t it

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

It’s go­ing re­ally good so far. We’ve been writ­ing over two years at this stage. Vince lives in Maine now, and he’s got all of his syn­the­sis­ers there in one stu­dio that he calls The Shed. It’s in the mid­dle of pine trees, by the sea, so it’s very ro­man­tic and scenic. There’s loads and loads of bugs there, so when you walk from his house to the stu­dio you have to run the gaunt­let – es­pe­cially those deer flies. They’re bas­tards! Apart from that it’s a great work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. We did some writ­ing there, some in New York, some in Lon­don, so we’ve been all over the place. We wrote about 20 songs, and now we’re work­ing in the stu­dio with Frankmusik this week. Well, I think Vince would be very happy to make synth al­bums the whole time, be­cause that’s what he loves, and he can be quite ex­per­i­men­tal. Be­cause Era­sure was formed out of The Assem­bly and Ya­zoo, we did go very pop, and it’s some­times quite hard to break out of those pa­ram­e­ters. But I do like to do dif­fer­ent things to keep it in­ter­est­ing and fresh. Vince is snowed un­der with the pro­gram­ming side of things, but I think he’s start­ing to re­alise how much phys­i­cal work it is for me, too, with the whole per­for­mance as­pect. I love be­ing the mon­key on the bar­rel, but it does wear you out.

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