Guitarist Rob Marshall will release next month a self-titled debut album under his brainchild project Humanist.
The album is inspired by the film The Living Room – a documentary about the life and death of singer-songwriter Gavin Clarke.
As NME reports, Marshall invited his wishlist of guest vocalists to sing – including longtime collaborator Mark Lanegan, Ride‘s Mark Gardner, The Membranes’ John Robb, Ron Sexmith, Carl Hancock Rux, Jim Jones and Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan.
Gahan has teamed up with Humanist for their new single ‘Shock Collar’.
“I got involved through Mark Lanegan who had worked with Rob on his last couple of records,” Gahan told the magazine. “The music was already all together and Mark had already written the words, so really it was just me singing the melody. It was a weird collaboration. Mark would have normally been singing this, so I had it in my mind to be true to what they were doing.”
Gahan explained how his work with Humanist acted as a muse for him to return to creating more music of his own.
This all came as a surprise because I’m lying dormant at the moment, trying to get my juices flowing with writing and recording,” Gahan told NME. “I didn’t feel like I wanted to do anything, but this came along and got me to hear a lot of stuff that I probably wouldn’t have.”
With all these new experiences taking Gahan out of his comfort zone, does this mean that we can expect an extreme departure in sound for the next Depeche Mode album?
“I don’t know!” he replied. “I can’t honestly answer that question. Depeche have made so many records together and after a tour Martin [Gore, chief songwriter and bandmate] and I are like, ‘See you then!’ There will more than likely will be another record, but we really don’t make plans beyond what we’ve just done. To be honest, it’s always been like that. In the first 10 years we could keep up with the pace of boshing out a record then a tour, record, tour, record, tour. As you get older you start to get a little more selective about what you want to do. I know Martin is taking a bit of a break at the moment. We’ll see.”
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