Dave Gahan chatted about his upcoming solo album Hourglass this week and revealed that the record represents him attempting to address meaning of life issues rather than perpetuating the clichéd rock & roll mythology.
I dont know if its about age, just getting older, he said. But there are certain things that just dont work anymore. Theres no longer the luxury of being able to get blind drunk every night and just hide behind that. My fear is that Ive wasted so much time in fear, in fear of diving in. I feel like Im racing against the clock; I feel constantly like I havent got enough time to get to where I wanna be. And I think what Im afraid of is what the future may hold, and am I doing anything of meaning?
The once notoriously self-destructive superstar admitted he still sometimes struggles with addictions from his past (there are certainly times when Im still, like, f**k it, lets crack open the bottle of Jack Daniels) though was candid about his new responsibility, which he describes in new track Use Me.
Its about my disgust with people, myself, disgust with my arrogance and my self-sabotaging behaviou. I wanna use something, I wanna use life to escape, said Dave.
I think it comes from being made to go to Sunday school when I was a kid. I heard it loud and clear, that were all sinners, he surmised.
Coincidentally, ex Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder also recently addressed what are we here for? questions on his new solo album Subhuman with a press release which talked of the album asking us to reach within ourselves and extract the very essence of what makes us human.
Being human is about recognising that part of yourself that is able to act out your deepest, darkest thoughts, Alan told Skrufff last month.
I dont think it takes that much twisting to bring that side out of us. Its in all of us and we see it in our every day cycle of life, look around you and see what people are doing to each other on whichever level, he mused.
We sit in our comfortable little homes thinking its them and not us; well actually its in all of us and one day or another well have to face it.
Alan Wilders album Subhuman is out now (on Mute) while Dave Gahans album Hourglass comes out in October.
http://www.myspace.com/davegahanofficial (Dave Gahan)
http://www.myspace.com/recoil (Alan Wilder)
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)