by Colin Stutz/billboard.com
Depeche Mode is back. The band has released a new song called “Where’s the Revolution,” the first taste of their new album Spirit.
“Where’s the Revolution” marks the English rock legends’ first new music in four years and an early tease of their 14th studio album, which is due out on Columbia Records on March 17.
The track builds with a sense of suspense, as singer Dave Gahan riles listeners up, telling them, “You’ve been kept down. You’ve been pushed ’round. You’ve been lied to. You’ve been fed truths.”
“Who’s making your decisions? You or your religion?” he asks. “Your government, your countries? You patriotic junkies.”
With the chorus, the band asks “Where’s the revolution?” before pleading, “Come on people, you’re letting me down.”
Written by Martin Gore, the song calls for change on a level that’s as political as it is humanistic.
“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 told Rolling Stone. “If we want things to change, a revolution, we need to talk about it and about caring about what goes on in the world. It doesn’t seem the way things are in London. We seem to be going in another direction, and I think Martin felt like he needed to express that.”