Erasure performed at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas on October 18 and 19, 2014. Andy Bell and Vince Clarke were in town on the band’s ‘The Violet Flame’ tour named after their latest album. ‘The Violet Flame’ is Erasure’s 16th studio album on Mute Records. The first single from their new release, “Elevation,” was remixed by electronic artist BT. The single is up to number six on the Billboard dance chart.
The duo have sold 25 million albums worldwide since the band formed in 1985. Seventeen of their 45 singles and EPs have made the UK Top 10 chart. Erasure’s ‘The Violet Flame’ album was recorded in New York and London and was produced by Richard X. Andy and Vince were in Miami when they started writing songs for ‘The Violet Flame.’ “I found them very inspiring and the tunes just came out,” reflects Andy Bell about the songs. “This time it was much more off the top of the head.”
The second concert in Austin, Texas kicked off with “Oh L’Amour” from Erasure’s first album ‘Wonderland.’ “Star” was next from the album ‘Wild!’, followed by “Reason” from the new album ‘The Violet Flame’. Andy Bell sang “Breath of Life” beautifully from their ‘Chorus’ album. “You Surround Me” continued the trend of favorite songs from Erasure’s early days.
“Elevation” was introduced by Andy as their latest single. “I Lose Myself” was next with “Drama!” after that and then “Victim of Love.” “Ship of Fools” from their third album ‘The Innocents’ was brilliantly performed by Andy and Vince with their backup singers. “Sacred” was next and then “Breathe” from the album ‘Nightbird,’ which was released in 2005. “Joan” from Chorus and “Blue Savannah” led the listener through Erasure’s finest moments.
“Chorus” and “Love to Hate You” proved that this concert was full of songs from the eighties era. “A Little Respect” and “Chains of Love” were two of the songs the assembled crowd had been waiting for all night. The encore included the pair of ballads “Always” and “Sometimes.”
‘The Violet Flame’ is available as a standard single disc version as well as a limited 2 CD edition and a 3 CD deluxe box set. The vinyl double disc edition of ‘The Violet Flame’ must pre-ordered by Halloween from Pledge Music. One record is violet colored and the other is white and includes remixes of “Elevation” and “Reason.” “Reason” is the second single from ‘The Violet Flame’ and it will be released on November 24th. The single can be pre-ordered from Lexer Music.
The Violet Flame tour began in Miami on September 12th and has upcoming shows, including Las Vegas on Halloween and New York City on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are on sale on the Erasure Info website. The Erasure Information Service is a great source of information about the band.