Published Oct 23, 2012Back in February, when Martin Gore was promoting his VCMG project's then soon-to-be-released Ssss LP, the new wave icon noted that Depeche Mode were just about to start writing sessions for an album they hoped "to be finished by the end of the year." It's now been revealed by the band that the as-yet-untitled 13th full-length will arrive this spring.
The band undertook a press conference in Paris this morning (October 23), which laid out tour details from May to July that will have the trio travelling Eurasia. There are no North American dates just yet, but shows on our side of the pond will apparently take place soon after this initial leg winds down.
Depeche Mode confirmed that the trip will be in support of a new album, so fans can expect the LP to arrive sometime around the start of the tour, which kicks off May 7 in Tel Aviv.
Apparently, the next album will feature 20 new songs and is a sonic sister to "Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion." You can sample a snippet of an as-yet-unnamed track, a fittingly sleazy slice of electro-blues that has vocalist David Gahan preaching atop a bed of drumpad blips and doomy six-string licks, in the studio montage down below.
"Recording is always a joy, and I think we had a lot of fun," Gore said of prepping the new album. "Basically we have a laugh and we do the thing that we love to do. Making music, it's a miracle that we're still able to do it."
5/7 Tel Aviv, IL - Hayarkon Park
5/10 Athens, GR - Terra Vibe
5/12 Sofia, BG - Georgi Asparuhov Stadium
5/15 Bucharest, RO - National Stadium
5/17 Istanbul, TR - Kucukciftlik Park
5/19 Belgrade, RS - Usce Park
5/21 Budapest, HU - Puskas Ferenc Stadium
5/23 Zagreb, HR Hippodrome
5/25 Bratislava, SK - Inter Stadium
5/28 London, UK - O2 Arena
6/1 Munich, UK - Olympic Stadium
6/3 Stuttgart, DE - Mercedes-Benz Arena
6/5 Frankfurt, DE - Commerzbank Arena
6/7 Berne, CH - Stade De Suisse
6/9 Berlin, DE - Olympic Stadium
6/11 Leipzig, DE - Red Bull Arena
6/13 Copenhagen, DK – Parken
6/15 Paris, FR - Stade De France
6/17 Hamburg, DE - Imtech Arena
6/22 Moscow, RU - Locomotive Stadium
6/24 St. Petersburg, RU - SKK Arena
6/27 Borlange, SE - Peace & Love Festival
6/29 Kiev, UA - Olympic Stadium
7/3 Dusseldorf, DE - Esprit Arena
7/7 Werchter, BE - Rock Werchter
7/11 Bilbao, ES - Bilbao BBK Live
7/13 Lisbon, PT - Optimus Alive! Festival
7/16 Nimes, FR - Antic Arina
7/18 Milan, IT - San Siro Stadium
7/20 Rome, IT - Olympic Stadium
7/23 Prague, CZ - Olympic Stadium
7/25 Warsaw, PL - National Stadium
7/27 Vilnius, LT - Vingis Park
7/29 Minsk, BY - Minsk Arena