Model Depose – Damage Control

Discomfort never sounded more beautiful

Model Depose - Damage Control

Album facts

Release Date: September 13th 2019
Label: Trisol
Genre: , , ,
Discogs: (Not lis­ted yet)
Partially sounds like: Depeche Mode, De/Vision, Placebo, Duran Duran

As dark as the cov­er art­work seems, as dark is the con­tent of the new Model Depose album 'Damage Control'. All in all very elec­tron­ic and dirty with a pinch of elec­tric gui­tars. If you like dirty, mel­an­chol­ic music at midtempo, you'll def­in­itely find what you're look­ing for here.

Model Depose describes their album as fol­lows: "Romanticism has grown into a groun­ded vis­ion on the world. The sound of new wave has slowly evolved into its own style. Would you call it indie, rock or altern­at­ive pop? Model Depose has it all and is none of them. Their iden­tity has matured and is aud­ible in both the music and lyr­ics. Dark fic­tion has been traded with themes in which human­it­ari­an issues are subtly raised. For example, the single Bombs are Falling is about post-trau­mat­ic stress; the dis­son­ance in your per­cep­tion becomes clear in Red Alert. One of the crown jew­els on Damage Control is the love duet Cold War with the Groningen-based queen of dark­ness, FENN. The album is a full-fledged piece of music in which everything fits togeth­er like a puzzle, where grit and a sooth­ing atmo­sphere always find bal­ance through raw beats, dynam­ic vocals, and sub­dued syn­thes­izer melod­ies.".

Let's start with grey clouds

The first song 'Wights' starts calmly and very unagit­ated. It builds up a cre­at­ive and con­tinu­ous ten­sion. But this doesn't lead to a redeem­ing chor­us. But that's not tra­gic, the track per­fectly intro­duces you to the mood of the album. Also the end­ing is quite abrupt, accom­pan­ied by some quiet piano tones that sud­denly go silent.

Stuck in a sys­tem that I can't escape
Lyrics from 'Wights' by Model Depose

The title track 'Damage Control' starts some­how groovy and funky! In the chor­us you can't hear much of it any­more. What can be heard is a huge range of dif­fer­ent influ­ences and damn many dif­fer­ent sound lay­ers. The catch phrase: "As we watch you turn blood into wine" goes straight into your ears and gets stuck like a para­site. The almost 30 seconds long bridge, in a song of just 3:08 minutes, rocks the house like no oth­er. What a fant­ast­ic track!

If a song on the album 'Damage Control' can have single qual­it­ies, then it is def­in­itely 'Red Alert'. Catchy like a radio track in con­tinu­ous rota­tion, almost per­fectly com­posed and des­pite all that a ser­i­ous song that doesn't chum up. I love this song very much and recom­mend you listen­ing to it!

Black and beautiful

Model Depose (Promo picture 2019)
Model Depose (Promo pic­ture 2019)

The song 'Blackstar' tunes you up sadly and thought­fully. The beat drags itself car­ry­ing and heavy for­ward and is accom­pan­ied by dark elec­tron­ic synth noises, which sound like acous­tic ghosts. Only a com­pletely empathy-less being doesn't get goose­bumps here. I think 'Blackstar' is the song with the greatest lyr­ic­al depth on the album. The ser­i­ous atmo­sphere of the song cre­ates its own small micro­cosm on 'Damage Control'. Black and beau­ti­ful, thank you Model Depose for this sung heartache.

I think it's great that with the song 'Cold War (Feat. FENN)', there's a vocal change in the album. That's exactly what makes the album even more inter­est­ing and multi-layered. This song has this fant­ast­ic mix­ture of elec­tron­ics and rock like you can find on the 'Ultra' by Depeche Mode.

We dis­con­nect, we don't reflect
Lyrics from 'Cold War (Feat. FENN)' by Model Depose

If you're look­ing for some­thing at a mod­er­ate up-tempo, 'Drawing The Line' is more your song to listen to. The intro reminds me sud­denly of the high time of 'Placebo'! Cool robot­ic voices in the chor­us, catchy lyr­ics and a lot of dynam­ics have united the five Dutchmen here with a lot of talent.

Fresh black blood

After a rather noisy begin­ning, an unusu­ally cool synth scale with extra­ter­restri­al char­ac­ter fol­lows in the song '#dance­likenooneiswatch­ing'. In addi­tion, funky elec­tric gui­tar riffs and a fat bass­line weave them­selves into the song. The song would fit per­fectly to the 'Duran Duran (The Wedding Album)' of 'Duran Duran'. Nevertheless, the song lives through its own char­ac­ter and is by no means a plagiarism.

'Yesterday's Gloom' starts out like a clas­sic bal­lad. Quiet, mel­low and with a gut feel­ing of bit­ter­sweet dis­ap­point­ments. But then, after a pretty cool drop, an acous­tic laser can­non shoots out of the loud­speak­ers and you are shocked and a bit per­plexed. What just happened? 'Model Depose' deliv­ers the full dynam­ic band­width to your ear here and fucks your brain on a music­al level that only a few can match. Wow, I'm almost thrilled to be sur­prised by such a strong song towards the end of the album.

The last (bonus) song 'Bombs Are Falling' is not a typ­ic­al last piano bal­lad on an album. Rather a first-class single with radio play­ing qual­it­ies. Some of you may already know the track because it was one of the first music videos from the album earli­er this year. Finishing an album with a song, which oth­ers might have used as a grand open­ing, is pretty porn.


An album cov­er that looks like Anton Corbjin per­son­ally designed it could be inter­preted as a visu­al click­bait. But in the case of 'Damage Control' it's not like that, because you get a really fant­ast­ic, bleak album between Electrorock and Synthpop. 'Model Depose' have developed a lot in the last years and deliv­er an album at the highest level.

Note to all fest­iv­al organ­izers: 'Model Depose' is a band that I def­in­itely want to see at a big Goth fest­iv­al next year! Message received?

By the way, this album also made it into our art­icle ‘The best Synth Pop and genre-related albums 2019‘. Read now.

Track By Track Rating

Model Depose - Damage Control
Model Depose – Damage Control
Damage Control
Red Alert
Cold War (Feat. FENN)
Drawing The Line
Yesterday's Gloom
Bombs Are Falling (Bonus)
Damage Control
Red Alert
Cold War (Feat. FENN)
(Nothing to report here)