GAD : Like a favourite song that speaks to the soul

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How could you be objective and what could you possibly write about a band that holds a special place in you heart ! GAD’s story began in 2005 when Iraklis Anastasiadis and Kostas Antoniadis joined forces to compose a track for a Greek Electro Compilation. That was the beginning of a beautiful journey and during the recording of their debut album “ System May Fall ” Antonis Antoniadis , Spyros Papakotsis and Mike Semertzoglou joined the band which came to be one of the most creatively innovative Greek Indie bands that never ceases surprising us and always gives us the feeling that the best is yet to come.

GAD have performed in various stages and festivals through the years and have opened for bands like Chicane , Nouvelle Vague and Puressence. Their second album “ The Perfect Crime“ was released in 2010 and added a somewhat deeper and more vibrant feel to their already distinctive music. Using a more natural sound this time , beautiful melodies and dark bass lines , they created a beautiful album where the various music influences of the group members are combined masterfully. The single WAVES undoubtedly gained massive airplay and helped them reach larger audiences but there are so much more to the second album than that. Songs like DEEP BLUE WORLD , PARALLEL LINES , SEPARATE WAYS , YOU KNOW THE WAY and the amazing OVER THE MOON ( where Konstantinos Vita adds a magic twist with his participation ) are some of its greatest moments.

However it is their third album “ End In Tears “ which to me is probably their most mature work. An album that is perfectly combining elements of the two previous ones in a skillful and brilliant way that makes it a real gem. A feast for the ears from beginning to end . Their highly anticipated third album is full of beautiful surprises and guest singers such as Maria X.Kourmouli ( Transistor ) , Alexandra McKay and Aliki Avdelopoulou (Monitor) give it a fresh , unique note , taking us away on a journey full of emotions and letting us get a glimpse of a fascinating world. GAD give us a chance to enjoy rock , electro pop , atmospheric rhythms that are combined perfectly and are complemented by Kostas Antoniadis’ deeply expressive voice. The truth is that it is not at all easy to decide which of the tracks deserve more praise or attention because each and every one narrates a unique story , moves , liberates , touches sensitive chords and penetrates the soul in different ways. WONDERFUL , YOUR LOVER TONIGHT , BIG BROWN EYES , END IN TEARS , PRETENDING , BELONG , TOO LATE will definitely become an instant crush.

Always creative , innovative , inspiring , trying to keep a very high standard in terms of production , staying true to themselves and to all the things that make them so special , remaining faithful to the music that has been an inspiration to them through the years and with great respect towards their loyal fans , GAD have evolved brilliantly and have shown us admirable samples of songwriting. What a great reason to be proud of !!! As a matter of fact , It feels like their albums belong to a very special place inside us since so many of their songs were meant to steal our hearts. ( After all … that’s where they belong )

They don’t lack passion , inspiration , talent and true love for what they do and one thing is certain. The end of the road is very far and they seem ready for another leap that will bring them closer to the music of their dreams … to the music that speaks to our souls and makes reality more bearable.

Thank You for the amazing journey so far … ❤

 

GAD Official Website : http://www.gadmusic.gr/‎

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Parallel Lines – GAD : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvoANnq6HIE

END IN TEARS Promo Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxlkTKOfW9M

 

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Waves – GAD : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZBapb9V5oU

Over The Moon – GAD ft. Konstantinos Vita : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLP9QizAaNM

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GAD – This light in you ( Promo Teaser ) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAcLDcHbS3g

I ‘ll try to find the words
I ‘ll try to find the way
To show you how I feel
To take pain away
With you I ‘m feeling strong
With you I ‘m feeling safe
Take me with you
And I ‘ll be ok…
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You are my world
You make things work
You are my world
Sing to my soul…
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I love this light in you
This light in your eyes
Even when you cry
Your face looks so bright
Just hold me tight
For one more time
Just hold me tight
And light up the night
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You are my world
You make things work
You are my world
Sing to my soul…

 

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Dave Gahan : The voice that soothes the soul

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DAVE GAHAN , the voice behind “ Enjoy the Silence ” , lead singer and co-songwriter for the alternative Rock and New Wave band DEPECHE MODE is probably one of the most recognizable male voices and has been greatly adored for the last decades. Born in Essex , United Kingdom on May 9th 1962 , Dave joined the band in 1980 and together with multi-instrumental , co – songwriter Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher wrote a different music story that has had a great impact on many generations.

Against all odds and through the course of time which is often merciless , they have been together for more than thirty years … evolving , surviving , thriving and they keep going. Originally an alternative New Wave Synth-Pop band , with their own clearly distinctive sound and a frontman like Gahan , with his unique baritone vocals , DM discovered an almost instant audience with their first albums , which kept growing. Through the years their sound has often changed but their music remained popular. Their album “ Songs of Faith and Devotion ” for example was a darker project , moody at times and rather introspective , shifting towards the Alternative Rock sound.

Gahan has also worked on solo projects like “ Paper Monsters ” and “ Hourglass ” and even got a turn as lead vocalist for Soulsavers with great success. In no less than 15 albums he has shared more than forty Top 40 hit singles with Depeche Mode , making his band one of the biggest alternative acts in modern music history. As a matter of fact , only a few bands have seen so many different versions and covers of their songs out there. In some of them , as in the case of « Personal Jesus » by Johnny Cash , the cover sounds truer than their own version.

There has always been a lot of sacred imagery in DM songs. A lot of talk of angels, souls, redemption , dependence , struggle , divine intervention and a perpetual yearning to feel whole with yourself and the world , to find love and salvation , make an effort to fight your own demons. Dave Gahan’s unmistakable voice has been central to the sound of DM since they embarked on their journey back in the 80’s. An inseparable part of them that is instantly recognizable and greatly loved by all the fans. He has undoubtedly contributed in making DM a group with an unmatched ability to produce timeless music. It has been said that their songs are often permeated with intellectual depth , unique elegance , addictive power , honesty and artistic devotion and that is true by all means.

Dave Gahan and his band can claim over 100 million in record sales during their successful career , numerous award nominations for music awards and are proud to have devoted fans of all ages. The fact that so many people are moved and identify with their work on various and very deep levels as well as their long lasting influence on the music scene of the last decades , is a great honor and something to be proud of. Their latest ( 13th ) album “ Delta Machine ” was well received critically and they keep providing inspiration for a new generation of musicians and artists.

Gahan’s voice retains its increased agility and its rare charm. He is wiser though he still sounds young , delivering emotionally massive songs in his own mesmerizing way. Along the way, he went from a clean-cut youth to a ravaged Christ figure but always remained a charismatic and physical frontman. Armed with a formidable voice that has only strengthened over the years, away from the addictions and the dark days of the past , having hit intense public highs and the deepest personal lows , Dave is still here and it seems we “ Just can’t get enough ” of what soothes the soul.

 

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Dave Gahan Official Site : http://www.davegahan.com/
DEPECHE MODE Official Site : http://www.depechemode.com/

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Vows are spoken to be broken
Feelings are intense, words are trivial
Pleasures remain, so does the pain
Words are meaningless and forgettable

 

bandNow I’m not looking for absolution
Forgiveness for the things I do
But before you come to any conclusions
Try walking in my shoes

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I’m hanging on your words
Living on your breath
Feeling with your skin
Will I always be here

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Angels with silver wings
Shouldn’t know suffering
I wish I could take the pain for you
If God has a master plan
That only He understands
I hope it’s your eyes He’s seeing through

DEPECHE MODE Discography :

http://www.depmod.com/misc/index.html