After last week’s countdown, we finally have Depeche Mode’s new song and video, “Ghosts Again,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album, “Memento Mori.”
Depeche fans have been scouring the internet for leaks and clues since the October press conference when founding members Martin Gore and Dave Gahan announced “Memento Mori” and a world tour.
“Memento Mori” will be the band’s first album since the passing of founding member Andrew Fletcher. Their 15th studio album is scheduled for a March 24th release and while a small North American tour was announced, this week they said additional dates will be added. Giving support on this first leg is Kelly Lee Owens, except for the New York show, which will feature Stella Rose & the Dead Language. Stella Rose – also known as Stella Gahan – will jar fans by her resemblance to her father’s performance style and movement, but her sound is her own.
Also released today is the video for “Ghosts Again,” created by longtime Depeche Mode video director and visual collaborator, Anton Corbijn. Skulls and dark imagery abound, but what would we expect for a song with lyrics like “A place to hide the tears that you cried, everybody says goodbye.”
While the imagery and lyrics may seem extra dark after Fletch’s passing, Gahan explained the title of “Memento Mori” – Latin for “remember that you must die” – was decided while Fletcher was still alive. It is a reminder to “live each day to the max,” per Gahan.
The frenzy of the new album has been building with sightings of angel wing murals around the world, including one off 8th and Los Angeles St. in downtown Los Angeles.
The Memento Mori World Tour will begin March 23rd and stops at Kia Forum on March 28th. As soon as additional dates are announced, we will let you know.