DEPECHE MODE star Dave Gahan is thrilled the band put their songwriting differences behind them to release new album PLAYING THE ANGEL, but admits their personalities still cause occasional clashes.

The PERSONAL JESUS singer describes the current situation as merely "equitable", but insists it will never harm the quality of their music.

Gahan says, "It wasn't ever anything to do with the personalities in the band and our relationship, because that's never really changed.

"It's still just as awkward as ever it was. It's like, we're still teenage mates but... don't get too close."