Erasure Day-Glo (Based On A True Story)
Release Date: August 12, 2022
Erasure return with Day-Glo (Based On A True Story), the final part of The Neon project, available on limited edition fluorescent green vinyl, CD, and digital formats.
An unexpected album featuring 10 brand new songs, each track on Day-Glo (Based On A True Story) was created using elements from The Neon universe. Familiar but unexpected, the songs bear little resemblance to the original album, although echoes of The Neon can be heard from time to time. The album is an alternative look at Vince and Andy’s world and marks the closure of this chapter of The Neon.
Day-Glo (Based On A True Story) was born out of Vince Clarke’s lockdown experimentation when he kept himself occupied by manipulating the sound files that he had produced for The Neon in new directions, leading him to discover another album hidden within the folds of the original. But although you can hear snatches of the original album from time to time, Day-Glo (Based On A True Story) bears little resemblance to The Neon. As Vince unravelled The Neon he brought Andy in to provide new vocals and, where The Neon was mostly an upbeat dance record, Day-Glo (Based On A True Story) is more atmospheric and introspective.
Following his stint in the hugely successful pop group Yaz, former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke formed Erasure in 1985 with singer Andy Bell. Like Yaz and Depeche Mode, Erasure were a synth-based group, but they had stronger dance inclinations, as well as a sharper, more accessible sense of pop songcraft, than either of Clarke's previous bands. Furthermore, Erasure had the flamboyantly eccentric Andy Bell, one of the first openly gay performers in pop music, as their focal point. Bell's keening, high voice and exaggerated sense of theatrically became the band's defining image. In their native Britain, Erasure were successful from their inception. After a few years, the duo achieved commercial success in America with 1988's "Chains Of Love," but they remained, in essence, a cult band on both sides of the Atlantic, cultivating a dedicated fan base over the course of their career.
And 30+ years later, the band tours globally, bringing their celebratory, iconic dance music to masses around the world.