Dave Gahan confronts mortality on new solo album

'Time is looming' Depeche Mode frontman tells NME.COM

Dave Gahan confronts mortality on new solo album
Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan has just finished recording his second solo album 'Hourglass', which is due to be released in the UK on October 22 and a day later in the US.

NME.COM caught up with Gahan in his adopted home city of New York to discuss the album and what it's like for a rock star to confront his own mortality.

"My little studio is on one of the busiest streets in the city so you get the flavour of New York all day and all night long," Gahan told NME.COM.

"On the track called 'Endless', you can hear the street in the background. At one point you'll hear the 'woop' of a cop car. But we just left it."

Gahan co-produced 'Hourglass' with Depeche Mode's touring drummer Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpott, the band's programmer.

"We decided to produce it ourselves, which was a lot more work than we thought," he admitted. "But it turned out to be a great learning experience."

They finished the recording process in a speedy eight weeks, which Gahan said was the "perfect" amount of time. "It had a fresh energy that was not bogged down with production. It was just 'This is what it is.'"

Throughout 'Hourglass', Gahan addresses themes of mortality, getting older and the passage of time. "Those are things that definitely kick my ass on a daily basis," Gahan said.

"Something about living in New York pushes the clock as well. Once the city's awake it never really sleeps. But I wanted to slow down and accept that that's where I'm at. Time is looming for me. But it's OK. I don't wanna waste anymore time sitting around thinking about it. I wanna be out there doing things that are creative."

Gahan revealed that a solo tour might be in the cards, depending on listeners' reactions to the new album. "We'll wait to see what happens and see if people really embrace the record," he said.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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