Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Erasure Back at Pop Best; Erasure Interview Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Erasure Singer Andy Bell for an EXCLUSIVE Interview

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Erasure Back at Pop Best; Erasure Interview Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Erasure Singer Andy Bell for an EXCLUSIVE Interview

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Byline: GORDON BARR

ANDY Bell has spent a lot of time on Tyneside in the past few years - and not just through his gigs with Erasure.

A few years ago his partner suffered a stroke. The singer has made regular trips to Newcastle ever since.

"I've been up quite a few times. They have a stroke unit as part of the university," he says.

"I've been up, stayed there and been out a few times. It was really good."

Andy will be back on Tuesday with poppartner Vince Clarke for an Erasure gig at the Carling Academy Newcastle - their first on Tyneside since the acoustic concert last year at The Sage Gateshead.

"I remember being really gobsmacked by the building.

"Going in there, the acoustics are really brilliant," he remembers.

The current tour follows on from the release in the spring of the duo's latest album, Light at the End of the World, which saw them make a huge return to electro-pop form.

"It just seemed to happen that way. Vince said he was having his mid-tempo crisis. We had done loads of slow albums for a while and were a bit maudlin," Andy recalls.

"He sent me 10 tracks of just music, probably about a year before we started working on writing the songs.

"One of those songs ended up on the album. It is called Glass Angel. The other ones weren't 'songs' enough.

"We really wanted to do some songwriting, we hadn't done it in ages. I went to see Vince in Portland, Maine, which is where he lives now, and stayed there for a couple of weeks.

"We just did writing, every day, and ended up with about 24 ideas for songs. Then went back again and, for the third time, recorded for about a month there. We got a little house, put all our gear in there and then mixed the whole thing at Mute back in London.

"It took about four months, the whole thing. We really wanted to do some writing and it just came out. If we got stuck for ideas I took my iPod with me, listened to some stuff and played it to Vince.

"It was probably more like 10 years ago, old times. I like a bit of Ladytron, a bit of Kylie, lots of Donna Summer stuff, some dance and lots of electro dance stuff."

The album will form the backbone of Tuesday's concert - a far cry from the acoustic gig at The Sage. …

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