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Depeche Mode preparing new album

By | Published on Tuesday 21 February 2012

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode are preparing to record a new album, which they are “hoping to be finished by the end of the year”, the band’s Martin Gore has revealed.

Gore was actually speaking to The Quietus about ‘SSSS’, the debut album from his new collaboration with Vince Clarke, VCMG. He said of the techno project: “It was a nice break for me to be able to go and do something completely different that doesn’t involve poring over lyrics and having to think about vocal melodies. I think I went back to actually writing for [Depeche Mode] with much more vigour afterwards, because I had taken such a break. It gave me a real creative impetus”.

He continued: “I went straight from finishing the VCMG record into writing for the band. I think even though I used a lot of the same kind of instrumentation, I immediately went into a completely different headspace. The stuff I’ve been doing for the band is completely different to VCMG. Apart from the fact that I came back to the actual songwriting with more energy, you have to remember as well that I’m also a guitar player. Working on the VCMG record, obviously I didn’t look at a guitar for that whole period because it just wasn’t right – so the moment I started getting back to writing songs for the band then I’m picking up the guitar, I’m going on the piano, working on chords, just working completely differently”.

‘SSSS’ is due for release on 12 Mar, and Depeche Mode are due to head into the studio to work on that new album later the same month.