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Modern techonology works to Erasure's advantage

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Much has changed in the electronic music world since Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode and formed Erasure nearly 30 years ago with singer Andy Bell.

Most importantly, perhaps, is that "technical difficulties" aren't quite as prevalent as they were back in the 80s.

"From the technical point of view it's a lot o less worrying tan it used to be," acknowledges Clarke, 54, who's also recorded with Yazoo, The Assembly and VCMG. "Things tend to not go wrong as much as they used to, so for me it's a little less nerve-wracking. We make computer music, and the computers are a lot more reliable now, especially in a live situation.

"And it's interesting because I use a Mac for playing live, and if my Mac were to go down then apart from the spare ones we carry everybody on the crew has one also, should the worst happen. That's been a huge change."

Making Erasure music changed a bit on the duo's new album, "The Violent Flame," which came out earlier this month. Whereas Clarke says "we usually start from scratch," this time he and Bell decided up front that they wanted to embrace the strides made by EDM in recent years and "make more of a kind of dancey record," and knowing that he "prepared a lot of grooves and loops and vibes before we went in to do the writing, which was never done before.

"After that the writing just seemed to be really easy," Clarke recalls. "We wrote more than we needed, which is kind of unusual for us.

"But I think the thing that makes it an Erasure song is still the melody. That's what we're all about. We use electronic instrumentation, but really that's just a tool. I think that Andy and I see ourselves more as songwriters, so for us the most important part of the record is the melody. That's what we always concentrate on, and always will, I think."

Erasure and All Hail The Silence

Wednesday, Oct. 1. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourt St.

Tickets are sold out.

Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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