ATN's Jennie Yabroff spoke with Erasure's Vince Clarke recently about
the band's latest release, Erasure . Most of the songs on the
CD are over five minutes long, with floaty, ethereal vocals. One
particularly lovely (albeit incomprehensible) track is "Sono
Luminous." Here's how Clarke explained the song:
Addicted To Noise: What does Sono Luminous mean?
Vince Clarke: It's taken from, I think it was Science Weekly .
It was the heading for an article about a new way of making energy
from light going into bubbles in water. I think it means getting light
from bubbles, energy from bubbles.
ATN: So you guys are big science fans.
Clarke: That's Andy, really, him and his weird reading.
ATN: Would you have been a scientist if you weren't in a band?
Clarke: I'm quite intrigued by it, really. There's a kind of easy
listening television program in England called "Tomorrow's World," and
they always review like the next thing that's going to change the
world, the next invention. They're always things that never really
happen, that never did happen, and sometimes they show old programs of
things that just didn't take off. I like all that, though. It's the
fantasy of it all.
ATN: Do you think music is like science?
Clarke: I think it is insofar as it allows you to enter a future
world, or a world that doesn't exist. The way it can kind of change,
or lift your emotions onto a different plane, it has that in common
with future science.
ATN: How do you write your songs?
Clarke: We go away from home, and stay somewhere else. Like this time
around we went to Dublin, and hired a room with a piano in it, and
Andy and myself will sit on the piano and just kind of mess about on
it, really, and then we'll sing something over the top, and record
snippets of melodies onto a cassette, and then we'll piece these
ATN: Do you guys ever fight? It sounds like you have an incredible
Clarke: We have a veryidn't know
each other so well. But now we really do know what each other's
ATN: Erasure is music to blank to. What's the blank?
Clarke: (Immediately) Smoke dope to.