Erasure has always been one of those bands I feel like I SHOULD love (both as a music lover in general AND as a gay man) but never have like The Pet Shop Boys. It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly it is that I don’t like, but for one reason or another their music just never connected with me. That is…until I heard new song, “Elevation“. The single is taken from the band’s sixteenth studio album, The Violet Flame and written by band members Vince Clark and Andy Bell and produced by the ALWAYS consistent Richard X (Kelis, Rachel Stevens, Sugababes). Perhaps Richard X was the key ingredient Erasure was missing for me. Certainly seems that way. Check out the video for lead single, “Elevation” below:
The Violet Flame was released September 22 in the UK and on September 23 in the States through the band’s longtime label, Mute Records, whom Vince and Andy have been with since the release of their debut album, Wonderland, in 1986. The album peaked on the official UK Album Chart at #20, giving the duo their first Top 20 album since Other People’s Songs came out back in 2003. The Violet Flame is the band’s first album of original material since 2011’s Tomorrow’s World, which was produced by Frankmusik. Erasure did release a holiday album in 2013 called Snow Globe, filled with mostly festive reinterpretations of holiday classics and 2 singles, including their take on the old Christmas Carol “Gaudete” which hit the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart in America. Latest single, “Elevation” has, so far reached #44 on the U.S. dance charts, backed by remixes from BT, Cutmore and Club Clique.
To mark the release of the band’s new album, I’m giving away 2 copies of The Violet Flame to U.S. winners. Check out the details of the giveaway below, and GOOD LUCK!
Enter to win a Deluxe 2CD edition of The Violet Flame from Erasure!
THE VIOLET FLAME
the brand new album from the iconic
Produced by Richard X and featuring the new single “Elevation.”
In addition to the standard CD, The Violet Flame will be available on Deluxe 2CD edition, with a bonus disc featuring Erasure’s legendary live performance at Mute’s Short Circuit festival in 2011. Deluxe 3CD Box sets, VIP Ticket Bundles and more also available at pledgemusic.com/erasure!
I’ll be randomly selecting my two U.S. winners on Friday, October 3rd. Please enter using the form below. Good luck!
Be Sure to Check Out Erasure on tour in North America this Fall!
Sep 30 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall, CANADA
Oct 1 – Royal Oak, MI (Detroit) – Royal Oak Music Theatre, USA
Oct 3 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre, USA
Oct 4 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre, USA
Oct 5 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre, USA
Oct 8 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium, USA
Oct 10 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center, USA
Oct 11 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center, USA
Oct 12 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Perf. Arts, USA
Oct 14 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues, USA
Oct 15 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues, USA
Oct 17 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues, USA
Oct 18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live, USA
Oct 19 – Austin, TX – ACL Live, USA
Oct 21 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre, USA
Oct 22 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s, USA
Oct 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium, USA
Oct 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium, USA
Oct 26 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre, USA
Oct 28 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre, USA
Oct 29 – Salt Lake City – UT Capitol Theatre, USA
Oct 31 – Las Vegas, NV – Palms Casino Resort, USA
Nov 1 – Oakland, CA – The Fox, USA