Depeche Mode forces to deny links to alt-right leader Richard Spencer
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.”