In recent years, the music world has lost some of its big stars and musical pioneers. David Bowie, Prince and many others are way too early on this list and May 26th, 2022 fits in there for millions of electronic music fans. On this day Andrew Fletcher, founding member of Depeche Mode, embarked on his last journey, aged 60. In particular, fans from all over the world, who have supported the band for decades, seem to have remained in shared grief and shock for months. The legitimate question for many is “how is the band going?” and sharing their condolences with the remaining members Martin Gore and Dave Gahan, Andy's friends and especially his wife Grainne and his children Megan and Joe.
Several international artists have now come together, directed by Daniel Gierke of the act The Brute: for a musical farewell and a thank you to Andrew "Fletch" Fletcher for over 40 years of music history, and recorded a compilation of various covers of Depeche Mode’s songs. The idea is not new. The difference lies in the top-class cast!
Gareth Jones, the producer of three Depeche Mode albums and hits like "People Are People” participates as well as Bernhard Lloyd with his current project Atlantic Popes, known as a member of Alphaville, who wrote in the 80s synth-pop anthems like "Big In Japan” and “Forever Young". Also present is Watershed from South Africa, who rose to global fame with their 2002 smash hit “Indigo Girl”, Bon Harris of Nitzer Ebb, Polly Scattergood, the iconic electronic music pioneers from Italy Kirlian Camera, Carlos Peron, co-founder of the Swiss band Yello, Markus Reinhardt, formerly a member of Wolfsheim, Roy Jones, Nico Wieditz of And One, The Brute: themselves and the award-winning UK act Northern Kind.
The entire project has a charitable purpose. 50% of the profit will be donated to a charity for children in UK, and the Children’s Cancer Trust in Germany who officially partners to the project.
The aim was to bring together different artists from different decades, old musical companions of "Fletch" as well as known artists across different genres and promising new bands who were influenced by Depeche Mode's sound. From Rock, Electronic, Alternative, Pop, Crossover to Synthwave, everything is represented. 29 acts from the UK, the US, Germany, France, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Hungary, South Africa and Switzerland say “See You” in such a stylish way.
The compilation with the name "6122", the year Andrew Fletcher was born and died, will be released on November 25th, 2022 as a Christmas present for all fans worldwide.
01 A Question Of Time - The Brute :
02 Never Let Me Down Again - Watershed
03 In Your Room - NightNight
04 Ice Machine - Renard feat. Mary Ann
05 Broken - Redeem
06 Stripped - Starlights Live
07 Little 15 - Atlantic Popes
08 The Sun And The Rainfall - Apsürde feat. Manoya
09 My Secret Garden - Cold Connection
10 It’s No Good - Oxic Inc. feat. De La Morte
11 Dream On - Roy Jones & Red Beat
12 Should Be Higher - The Rude Awakening
13 Somebody - Toal, The Brute :, People Theatre
14 In Sympathy - Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb)
15 Heaven - Zentrum Ost 71
16 Enjoy The Silence - LeBen
17 Personal Jesus - Polly Scattergood
18 Wrong - Kirlian Camera
19 Policy Of Truth - Rohn-Lederman
20 To Have And To Hold - Page Of Quire
21 Angel - Tom Meeloo
22 The Sun And The Rainfall - Northern Kind
23 Photographic - Shelter
24 A Barrel Of A Gun (El Presidente Peron Yeah John) - Carlos Peron
25 I Feel You - Tin Gun
26 I Feel Loved - Daniel Hall feat. Stephen Newton
27 Oberkorn (It’s A Small Town) - Electrogenetic by Gareth Jones
28 Clean - Neocoma
29 Breathe - The Brute : feat. Rachel Delgado
The Brute : merges progressive electro, pop, rock and cinematic industrial sounds with catchy melodies and captivating vocals to a fascinating sound amalgam. Its hypnotic effect inevitably casts a spell over you. With the debut album Brute: One, Daniel Gierke, mastermind and driving force of The Brute :, dares to step out of the shadows and into the public eye after decades of composing –or sound distilling. What he presents is less a step – but more like a rocket launch!
The album, finally edited by Simon Gibson in the Abbey Road Studios, comes up with seemingly contrasting worlds of sound: electronic meets rock, industrial sounds with cinematic appeal to catchy melodies, pops with Wagnerian-style pomposity, and it forms a wonderful synthesis connected by Daniel's distinctive and haunting voice, which describes situations in a sometimes very gloomy, sometimes self-deprecating manner, which at the same time reflect stages in his life.
The influences of the high times of electro-pop and electro-rock from the 80s and 90s are unmistakable – everything transported to the present day. The opener Driving To You invites you to turning up the volume in your car and enjoying the drive with the window open! What follows is an incredible musical journey to highs and lows, from one high point to the next. Quiet tones alternate with angry and dramatic soundscapes only to end in a colossal thunderstorm of sound.
The Brute: is an Electronica / SynthPop music project from Germany and Switzerland and merges progressive electro sound with melodic vocals and a mix of SynthPop, Blues and BritPop influences. The new double single "Seduce Me / Rain" is already the second release. The songs can already be heard on Soundcloud and the videos for “Seduce Me” and the bonus track “Stay” can already be viewed on YouTube. The songs by The Brute: evoke memories of classic electronic bands and come with a more modern touch that combines driving bass lines, a captivating voice with lyrics that seem to have a new meaning every time you listen.
01 Seduce Me (Single Edit) 02 Rain 03 Stay 04 Seduce Me 05 Rain (Sacrifice Mix) 06 Seduce Me (Dance The Tube Mix)
The Brute: is an electronica music project and merges progressive electro sound with melodic singing and a mix of electro-pop, blues and rock influences. The new double single "Absolute Disgrace / Lonesome Hero '20" is already the third release and the second together with Timezone Records. While "Absolute Disgrace" is a clear political statement about autocratic governments, "Lonesome Hero" is about not taking yourself too seriously.
01 Absolute disgrace 02 Lonesome Hero ‘20 03 And I Want You ... 04 Lonesome Hero ‘20 (Universe Mix) 05 And I Want You ... (Time Mix) 06 Lonesome Hero ‘20 (Overdrive)