Depeche Mode's Martin Gore and Vince Clarke Announce New Band
Depeche Mode's Martin Gore and Vince Clarke have announced their new band will be called VCMG.
This will be the first time the electronic pioneers will play together since Clarke left Depeche Mode in 1981. According to Rolling Stone, the duo will release a series of EPs and a new album under the moniker.
As Gore reported, "Out of the blue I got an email from Vince just saying, 'I'm interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating?'"
Thus, VCMG was born. As Gore added, "[Clarke] said, 'No pressure, no deadlines,' so I said, 'OK.'"
The first EP, Spock, will be released exclusively on November 30th through Beatport, followed by a wide release on December 13. The duo's untitled album is expected for an early 2012 release.
Clarke was one of the four co-founders of Depeche Mode, but he left the group after the release of their first album, Speak & Spell, citing creative differences. However, this isn't a Pete Best story; Clarke went on to co-found Yazoo (known as Yaz in the US) with Alison Moyet and Erasure with Andy Bell.
"I've been getting into and listening to a lot of minimal dance music," Clarke has recently stated, "and I got really intrigued by all the sound... I realized I needed a collaborator... so it occurred to me to talk to Martin."
Following Clarke's departure, Gore became the principal songwriter for Depeche Mode. The iconic group hasn't been quiet either this year, releasing a remix compilation this past June, Remixes 2: 81-11, which spans their 30-year career.
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