Depeche Mode on first album in five years: 'Fletch would have loved it'

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  • Memento Mori is due early next year via Columbia Records.
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  • Depeche Mode, now consisting of Dave Gahan and Martin Gore, have announced their first record since the death of founding member Andy "Fletch" Fletcher. Produced by James Ford and Marta Salogni, Memento Mori is expected to span 12 songs and arrives sometime early next year courtesy of Columbia. Gahan and Gore performed a preview of the album at a press conference in Berlin today, October 4th. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the duo confirmed all tracks were written before Fletch died in May. Conceived in 2020, Memento Mori reflects themes inspired by the pandemic. "To me, it's got a cinematic quality to it," Gahan told Rolling Stone. He said the music has a melancholic tone but is imbued with hope and joy. Song titles are still TBC. The album will be followed by a world tour in March encompassing North America, the UK and Europe. Multi-instrumentalist Peter Gordeno and drummer Christian Eigner, who used to tour with Depeche Mode, are working with Gahan and Gore on the live shows. "Fletch would have loved this album," Gahan said in a statement on the band's website. "We're really looking forward to sharing it with you soon, and we can’t wait to present it to you live at the shows next year." Read the full statement and check the tour dates below.