Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher appeared at a morning press conference in Paris today to announce the 2013 return of Depeche Mode. The band will hit the road in early May beginning in Tel Aviv, with several European festival dates and a one-off performance at London’s O2 Arena on May 28th.
More importantly, they revealed that recording sessions for the follow-up to 2009’s Sounds Of The Universe wrapped up last Friday. The as yet untitled album should see a spring release and was described by Gore to have “a bit of a feel of Violator on some of the songs and a feel of Songs of Faith and Devotion on other songs.”
That combination can definitely be heard in the brand new song the band debuted today. A video of the unnamed track was played prior to the presser, with lots of great footage of DM’s impressive studio set up. Presumably titled “Angel Of Love,” it starts out with the brooding mood of ‘Faith and Devotion’ but morphs into an almost “Personal Jesus” style stomp when it kicks in at the 1:40 mark:
(via slicing up eyeballs)
That’s one of 20 new songs the band recorded for the new album and b-sides. Photos of the press conference can be found here, and full tour dates — which does not include North America yet — are available here.