Eighties star speaks of band's huge influence
michael baggs
16:08 1st February 2013

Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan has said that they were the band everybody said they were influenced by.

Gahan was speaking to American radio station KROQ when he said that most bands seem to say that they're influenced by Depeche Mode, adding that he wasn't trying to brag - and that he's still surprised by his own band.

"I'm constantly surprised by this band," Gahan said. "When I show up, really exciting things happen. I guess what I’m saying is, we're not done yet.

"We've been that band that nobody understood, then we've been the band that everybody tried to imitate, and suddenly we were the band that everybody says, 'oh we were influenced by.'

"Anyone that's got any kind of coolness whatsoever seems to like Depeche Mode. I know I'm blowing our own trumpet, but we're still kind of like the biggest alternative band out there somehow."

He also went on to speak about the band's recently released single 'Heaven', which had to be premiered a day early due to the track leaking online.

Dave Gahan performing at London's O2 Arena in 2010

Gahan continued, "The song we found to drive this record was the single, 'Heaven.' It was like a shot in the arm. I was like, 'Ahh, I can't wait to sing that song.'

"Being an electronic band, primarily, you can really experiment a lot and the songs take on different arrangements, tempos, feels, before we find something."

Watch the band's video for 'Heaven' below:

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