Depeche Mode return with ‘Sounds Of The Universe’, April 20th, on Mute, a dazzling and diverse album that ranks among their best. Preceding the album is the stunning new single ‘Wrong’, out April 6th – the first single to be taken from the album, written by Martin Gore and produced by Ben Hillier.Recorded in Santa Barbara and New York, ‘Sounds Of The Universe’ reunites Depeche Mode with producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves, Elbow), who previously produced their 2005 album ‘Playing The Angel’.“We all felt it would be stupid not to work with Ben again,” says Martin. “He’s just one of those people who puts his mind to something and becomes instantly professional at it. He’s also quite forceful. That’s important for us, at this stage of our career, to have someone willing to stick their neck out and disagree with us.”Standout tracks include Martin’s velvet-lined ballad ‘Jezebel’, the sci-fi gospel-blues hymn ‘In Chains’ and ‘Hole To Feed’, which marries modern electronics to a floor-shaking, bone-rattling Bo Diddley beat.Another album highlight is ‘Peace’, with its sublime techno-gospel arrangement and cascading choral refrain.‘Sounds Of The Universe’ is the closest collaboration yet between Depeche Mode’s two main songwriters. Martin and Dave share vocals on several songs and they have even co-written one track, ‘Oh Well’ which is the B-side of the first single ‘Wrong’. It felt like “a true partnership”, says Dave, who has written 3 tracks on the album, ‘Hole To Feed’, ‘Come Back’ and ‘Miles Away / The Truth Is’.“All of us have had a really good time being together,” says Martin. “The overall atmosphere in the studio has been fantastic. Very few issues. We were very focussed.”
DEPECHE MODELive at the O2, Dublin – Thursday 10th December ‘09
Tickets on sale next Fri 27th March at 9am
Tickets will go on sale next Fri 27th March at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide booking line no. 0818 719 300 and online at

  • Tickets will be €65.70 – General Admission, €68.20 – seated.