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Soulsavers and Mark Lanegan performing live at the Roskilde Festival, July 2007.
Background information
OriginNorth England
GenresAlternative rock, electronica
Years active2000-present
LabelsV2 Records
San Quentin Recordings
Mute Records
Associated actsMark Lanegan
Dave Gahan
Will Oldham
MembersRich Machin
Ian Glover

Soulsavers (also known as The Soulsavers Soundsystem) is an English-American production and remix team composed of Rich Machin and Ian Glover. The Soulsavers' downtempo electronica sound incorporates influences of rock, gospel, soul, and country.[1] To date, the duo has released six albums: Tough Guys Don't Dance in 2003, It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land (with Mark Lanegan and others) in 2007, Broken in 2009 (again, with Lanegan and guest vocalists), The Light the Dead See in 2012 and Angels & Ghosts in 2015 (both with Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode). The last studio album Kubrick was released in 2015.


Colaboration with Josh Heinden: Tough Guys Don't Dance (2000-2005)[edit]

After a series of successful EP releases in 2000-2002, in 2003 they recorded their first studio album Tough Guys Don't Dance.[citation needed] The vocalist and co-author of three of the nine songs was Josh Heinden - bassist and vocalist of Spain. The release was not successful either commercially or by music critics. After the release of the EP "Closer" in 2004, the musicians were engaged in mixing tracks for other artists.

Colaboration with Mark Lanegan: It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land and Broken (2006-2009)[edit]

In 2006, collaboration begins with American singer, musician and songwriter - Mark Lanegan. On It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land album, his vocals are featured in eight of the eleven songs, and he is also featured as co-author of five songs [2]. In addition, the album has a remake of Lanegan’s song "Kingdoms of Rain", originally released on his 1994 album, Whiskey for the Holy Ghost [3]. Soulsavers recorded an album in England and Lanegan completed his vocals in Los Angeles.

On the next Broken album, released in 2009, Lanegan’s vocals are featured in nine out of thirteen songs, and he co-authored eight songs [4]. Broken, was released on 17 August 2009. Other prominent musicians such as Mike Patton (of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk and other projects), Jason Pierce (of Spiritualized and Spacemen 3), Richard Hawley, and Gibby Haynes (of Butthole Surfers) also feature on the album. The non-album single "Sunrise," a song written by Lanegan and sung by Will Oldham, preceded the album release on 3 August 2009. The B-side is a cover of Palace Brothers' "You Will Miss Me When I Burn," a song written by Oldham and sung by Lanegan, that is also featured on the Broken album.

The pair have also worked as film score composers, such as on BattleGround: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge produced by the Guerrilla News Network.

Their song "Revival" was featured on the 22 November 2007 episode of Grey's Anatomy, titled "Crash Into Me" part 1. The song was also featured on the 10 December episode of Friday Night Lights, titled "Giving Tree". It is also featured in the snowboarding movie That's It, That's All. Revival also featured in the trailer of the 2011 film Machine Gun Preacher. "Kingdoms of Rain" featured in the Lie to Me episode "Truth or Consequences," which aired on 5 October 2009. They supported Depeche Mode during the European leg of their Tour of the Universe in late 2009.

Colaboration with Dave Gahan: The Light the Dead See and Angels & Ghosts (2010-2015)[edit]

In October - December 2009, Solsavers supported Depeche Mode during a tour in support of their album Sounds of the Universe. The idea of collaboration between band members and Depeche Mode vocalist Dave Gahan was embodied in the 2012 album The Light the Dead See, consisting of ten songs and two instrumental tracks. Dave wrote lyrics to all the songs on the album and performed lead vocals for them[5].

Information appeared on Twitter at the beginning of May 2013 stating that Soulsavers had started to work on material for their up-and-coming fifth studio album. On 14 January 2014 this information was confirmed on a Depeche Mode's fan website,[6] where it was announced that the vocals for this new material would again be provided by Dave Gahan. According to Gahan, the new Soulsavers album will be released in spring 2015. Almost one year later (5 January 2015) an announcement appeared on the German fans' website[7] It confirmed that Rich Machin, Ian Glover and Dave Gahan were going to start working in the studio mid-January, with the new album being released towards the end of 2015. As a result, the disc was released in October 2015 under the name Angels & Ghosts and in its support the musicians released 2 singles - "All this and nothing" and "Shine". In addition, a mini-tour was organized in support of the new album (for the first time with Gahan), in which songs from the current album, The Light the Dead See were performed as well as some Depeche Mode's and the vocalist’s solo songs in encore.

Shortly after a series of concerts in support of the album Angels & Ghosts, the Machin and Glover had released the album Kubrick consisting of completely instrumental 8 tracks (for the first time in the project’s history). After that the collective suspended its activities.




  • "Beginning to See the Dark" EP (27 May 2002)
  • "Revolution Song" (split 7" with Broadway Project) (31 March 2003)
  • "Closer EP" (22 November 2004)
  • "Revival" (30 April 2007)
  • "Kingdoms of Rain" (20 August 2007)
  • "Sunrise" (3 August 2009)
  • "Death Bells" (14 September 2009)
  • "Unbalanced Pieces" (2 November 2009)
  • "Some Misunderstanding" (22 March 2010)
  • "Longest Day" (2 April 2012)
  • "Take Me Back Home" (20 August 2012)
  • "All of This and Nothing" (11 September 2015)
  • "Shine" (10 December 2015)

DJ mix albums[edit]

  • In a Blue Room (2003)



  1. ^ Soulsavers' Broken - Press Release Archived 20 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Soulsavers – It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Lan". Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Mark Lanegan – Whiskey For The Holy Ghost". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Soulsavers – Broken". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Интервью Дэйва Гаана и Рича Мачина журналу SPIN". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  6. ^ PeterToo (14 January 2014). "Dave Gahan: If it works out, a new soulsavers album appears spring 2015". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  7. ^ Sven Plaggemeier (5 January 2015). "Dave Gahan und Soulsavers nehmen zweites Album auf". Retrieved 11 April 2017.

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