Depeche Mode Return With Anton Corbijn, New ‘Spirit’ Record And 2017 Tour

If you’re in the mood to kick off your shoes and dance away to some Depeche Mode records, you will be very pleased to hear that Depeche Mode have a new record coming out called Spirit. With James Ford producing the album, it is scheduled to make its debut in the Spring of 2017. A tour set to begin in May 2017 will follow the release of Depeche Mode’s Spirit, so prepare yourself accordingly. They will be touring Europe, North America, and possibly South America.

While Depeche Mode are a fairly prolific band, they haven’t had a new release out since 2013’s Delta, which shot up quickly to No. 6 on the Billboard 200 album charts.

Depeche Mode’s frontman Dave Gahan described how elated he felt to be working with new people on this project as Ben Hillier has produced their last three albums.

“We’re working on the album with a new team. It’s produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, and he’s helped us to make what we feel is a very incredible sounding record. He was able to really guide us.”

Depeche Mode in Germany 2005
Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andrew Fletcher in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 2005. [Image by Joerg Sarbach/AP Images]

Depeche Mode has long been a band who are happy to experiment with new sounds, styles, and people. They have always been extremely open when it comes to change and reaching out into the unknown, and being so versatile has helped contribute to their massive success.

They have even found a way for a pedal steel guitar to make it onto Spirit. Producer James Ford found the pedal steel guitar belonging to Martin Gore tucked away in the studio, and Dave Gahan stated that Ford enjoyed the sound of it so much that he taught himself how to play it and made sure it was on several of their new songs.

As if a new record and tour from Depeche Mode isn’t already enough to make you jump and scream with joy, you have yet another reason to be excited. Fans will remember Anton Corbijn’s black and white, grainy and textured film-like videos he did with Depeche Mode in the past. Not to mention his brilliant work on their Devotional Tour. Well, he is back again.

Yes, Anton Corbijn will be doing the visuals for Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit Tour. Martin Gore has said that in November, the band will be meeting him to shoot some films.

“We don’t really know what those visuals are going to look like yet, so it’s still very early days.”

Martin Gore has become something of a philanthropist as of late and is very concerned with what is going on in countries where residents don’t have the luxury of drinking clean water like we do. In fact, large proceeds from Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit Tour will be going to an incredible charity called charity:water. Gore spoke highly of their work all over the world.

“If you don’t know charity:water, you should. They’re an amazing organization whose goal is to bring clean, safe drinking water to everybody on the planet. On the last tour, with our fans’ help, we were able to raise over $1.4 million for charity:water. Those funds specifically brought clean water to people in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Rwanda.”

Dave Gahan and Depeche Mode playing Hungary.
Dave Gahan and Depeche Mode performing in Hungary in 2009. [Image by Peter Kollanyi/Associated Press]

If you’re ready to open a new browser window to quickly purchase tickets for Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit Tour, it’s worthwhile knowing that the tour runs from May 5 where it will begin in Stockholm, Sweden, and ends in Romania in July. Depeche Mode will be playing 32 shows in 21 countries, so quickly pick a city you love and prepare to be amazed.

Tickets for Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit Tour go on sale on Friday, October 14, at 9 a.m.

[Featured Image by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images]