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A question of Depeche for Chvrches

Scots trio Chvrches’ love of vintage synthesisers comes to the fore on their new album Every Open Eye. “Our influences overlap on Depeche Mode and The Cure and Radiohead,” reveals singer Lauren Mayberry. “When I listen to this record I can hear everyone’s personality, but you can also hear how that all marries together into the sound of the band.” Clearest Blue has touches of Depeche Mode’s Just Can’t Get Enough: “It must be to do with the kind of synths we’re using – all those analog synths Depeche Mode probably used back then.” But there is a downside: “They break all the time on tour. All the time. They’re not meant to travel!”

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About Classic Pop

The results are in! The latest issue features the Classic Pop 'Top 100 Albums of the Eighties' - as decided by our readers - including the classics of the decade, some cult favourites and a few wildcards to boot. PLUS! We give the Classic Pop verdict on David Bowie's new album 'Blackstar'… Elsewhere in the issue we investigate the classic pop of Christmas, delve into Sparks' weird and wonderful back catalogue, survey Simple Mind's classic album 'Once Upon A Time' and take a closer look at the leftfield sleeve art of John Foxx. Interviews include Visage's Steve Barnacle, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Susanna Hoffs, McAlmont & Butler and modern synthpop duo Hurts.