After taking much of the past two years off, the three members of Depeche Mode are scheduled to reconvene in January and are planning to enter a studio to begin work on a follow-up to 2009’s Sounds of the Universe in March, bandmember Andy Fletcher reveals in a recent Italian interview to promote one of his DJ gigs in that country.
As our friends at Strangeways Radio point out, the interview clip posted above features Fletcher saying, “We got a meeting in January and it looks like we’re going to start recording a new album in March or something like that.” Fletcher also suggests a tour is in the works, noting his next two years are committed to Depeche Mode, and telling his Italian interviewer, “We’re looking forward to come back and do some concerts.”
Following the release of Sounds of the Universe, Depeche Mode toured the world for nearly a full year, wrapping up the “Tour of the Universe” in February 2010 in Germany. Since then, the band has released both a live album and DVD and a remix compilation, and contributed a cover of U2’s “So Cruel” to an Achtung Baby tribute album. Meanwhile, Martin L. Gore has re-teamed with Depeche Mode co-founder Vince Clarke for a new techno project.