Depeche Mode have been forced to reject praise from alt-right leader Richard Spencer.
Spencer, whose sudden rise to fame came after he was punched in the face live on television, claimed “Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right.”
“They aren’t a typical rock band, in terms of lyrics and much else,” Spencer tells Rolling Stone. “Depeche Mode is a band of existential angst, pain, sadism, horror, darkness and much more.
“It’s not bubblegum pop, with frontmen who sing about ‘luuuuv’ and sugarplum faries [sic]. There was a certain Communist aesthetic to an early album like [1982’s] A Broken Frame as well as titles like Music for the Masses but then there’s a bit of a fascist element, too. It’s obviously ambiguous, and as with all art, everything is multi-layer, contradictory and ambivalent.”
However Depeche Mode, who were recently confirmed as headliners for the BBC 6 Music Festival in Glasgow, moved quickly to destroy all links to Spencer.
“That is a ridiculous statement. Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt-right and does not support the alt-right movement,” a spokesman for the band told Pitchfork.
“Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the Alt-Right and does not support the Alt-Right movement,” the band further added.
For those unaware, this is the moment Spencer was punched in the face: