A word with Erasure

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AS synth-pop duo Erasure prepare for their Preston gig tonight, they managed to squeeze Music Scene into their hectic schedule and tell us about their new album.

The new album’s called Tomorrow’s World, where did the album title come from?

Vince Clarke: We got the album title from the programme, Tomorrow’s World, which was a science programme that started in the 1960s and I was a big fan of the show.

What sort of time-frame has it taken to put Tomorrow’s World together?

Andy Bell: We finished the album over a period of two years, but that was including writing and recording.

The recording was pretty quick and Vince and I did some demos in Maine.

We’d done some writing in London, some writing in New York and then Vince worked with Frankmusik in Maine.

And then I worked with him in LA for 10 days and then for a week in the Mute studios in London and that was pretty much it, really, apart from the mixing.

Is that longer than you’d usually take to make a record?

Vince: Yeah, it was a lot longer, because I think for this album we wrote far more songs than we needed and there was a big long process of getting rid of the stuff that just wasn’t working and we did a bit of rewriting as well.

Tomorrow’s World is produced by Frankmusic. How did you choose him to work on the album?

Andy Frankmusik really came about, as an instinctive choice, really, in the end.

We had some other producers mentioned, but when it came down to it, the fans really wanted Frankmusik and secretly, I wanted him as well, so… that’s what we got.

What sort of influence do you think he’s brought to the project?

Vince: I think Frank’s sound is much more intense than ours.

Our records in the past have tended to be quite minimal, but I think the music that he produces is almost a wall of sound.

It’s electronic, obviously, but it’s just really full on and it’s very different from any record that we’ve made before.

Are you happy with the end result of the album?

Andy: I feel really happy, I feel quite comfortable.

I think it’s a whole other thing having to sing the thing live, because there are loads and loads of kind of Melodyne - created melodies, like autotune, which goes up really high.

What are your favourite songs on the album?

Vince: Fill Us With Fire is my favourite song.

Andy: I like Whole Lot of Love because it’s just a bit twisted, really.

That’s why I like it, because it’s screwed up.

Erasure play Preston Guildhall tonight (October 21) and will appear at the North Pier in Blackpool on November 5.