The band’s new album channels their anxiety about the state of the world.

Synth-pop overlords Depeche Mode have unveiled ‘Where’s The Revolution’, the first single from their new album Spirit, due on March 17.

With lyrics like “Who’s making your decisions, you or your religion?”, the Martin Gore-penned track hints at the album’s themes of anxiety and fear for the world’s population. Speaking to Rolling Stone, frontman Dave Gahan said: “I wouldn’t call this a political album because I don’t listen to music in a political way. But it’s definitely about humanity, and our place in that.”

Gahan added: “We called the album Spirit, because it’s like, ‘Where’s the spirit gone?’ or ‘Where’s the spirit in humanity?'”

The album was produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, who’s also worked with Florence and the Machine and Arctic Monkeys.

In the Rolling Stone interview, Gahan also spoke of his sadness at David Bowie’s death, having got used to seeing him in everyday settings because their daughters attend the same school.

“I had seen the news but it wasn’t until my wife told me he had died that I just broke down in tears,” Gahan says. “It really affected me. I felt a huge gap. One of the things I was most regrettable about was that I had never really gone up to him at any time I’d seen him in passing and said, ‘You know, David, I bump into you every once in a while, but I’ve never told you how much your music has meant to me and continues to mean to me.'”



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