Yesterday, Richard Spencer, the self-styled leader of the “alt-right” revealed an unexpected love for British synthpop pioneers Depeche Mode.
Spencer was being escorted from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after he was kicked out of an interview with New York Mag’s Olivia Nuzzi. According to tweets from Nuzzi, as Spencer was leaving an audience member asked if he liked rock music. His reply? “Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right.”
Richard Spencer, asked if he likes rock music, says "Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right."
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 23, 2017
Spencer has since taken to Twitter to claim that the comment was just a joke, but he perplexingly followed up the statement with: “I’m a lifelong Depeche Mode fan.” Hmmm.
Either way this is probably not going to be music to the ears of left-leaning Depeche Mode, whose latest single is provocatively entitled ‘Where’s the Revolution’.
A representative for Depeche Mode has responded to the comments, telling Esquire: “That’s pretty ridiculous. Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt right and does not support the alt-right movement.”
The band’s 14th studio album Spirit will be released on March 17 and will certainly not have anything to do with frogs, glasses of milk or (((echoes))). [via Death and Taxes]