Hearing the name [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Depeche Mode[/lastfm] hearkens many listeners back to the golden days of KROQ. Although the band is still together, it hasn’t put out a new album for a couple of years.
The band was founded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Vince Clarke[/lastfm] (songwriter), Andy Fletcher (keyboards) and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Martin Gore[/lastfm] (guitar), and was originally called Composition of Sound. Then lead singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dave Gahan[/lastfm] got on board and the band became Depeche Mode as we all know it.
But after the band’s first album Speak & Spell was released in 1981, co-founder Vince Clarke was unhappy with the band and quit. He moved on to many different musical projects. Now after 30 years apart, he is teaming up with Martin Gore again to work on a new project based on minimal dance music.
The two have been working on this new album together for around a year, under the band name VCMG (which I just now realized is simply Vince Clarke and Martin Gore’s initials). Apparently that’s when Clarke emailed Gore, who has been Depeche Mode’s songwriter since Clarke left the band, asking if he was interested in making a techno album together. He decided he needed a collaborator to explore the sounds of dance music he was interested in.
Maybe the relationship between the two former band mates isn’t the best, or maybe it’s just because of the nature of this kind of music, but Clarke and Gore communicated through email through the making of the album and only met up in person to talk about the project in May.
The upcoming album doesn’t have a name yet, but VCMG plans to have it out by early 2012. To give audiences a sample of what VCMG will sound like, the duo is releasing a five-track EP entitled EP1/Spock on Wednesday, November 30th on the website Beatport, on December 13th on all other online music sources and releasing a physical copy on December 20th. The EP will consist of a track, “Spock,” followed by four remixes of it. I, for one, can’t wait to hear the Depeche Mode founders’ new sound!
Check out this clip of Depeche Mode performing “Just Can’t Get Enough” while Vince Clarke was still in the band.