- 17 Nov 20
“Without making it blatantly obvious, I liked that it blurred the line between humans and monkeys. Because sometimes it doesn’t seem like we’ve got very far!”
Depeche Mode co-founder Martin Gore has announced a new five-track EP called The Third Chimpanzee.
Along with the EP announcement, Gore has shared a new track titled 'Mandrill', with the The Third Chimpanzee due out on January 29 via Mute.
“The first track I recorded had a sound that wasn’t human,” Martin Gore said in a statement.
“It sounded primate-like. I decided to name it ‘Howler,’ after a monkey," Gore adds. "Then, when it came time to name the EP, I remembered reading the book The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee. It all made sense to call it that, as the EP was made by one of the third chimpanzees.”
Gore and the rest of Depeche Mode were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month.
Arcade Fire, Chvrches, and Coldplay offered tributes to the veteran outfit during the ceremony after the band released its concert documentary Spirits in the Forest in 2019.
'Europa Hymn' was the first track released from Gore's instrumental record - MG - his first solo effort since 2003's Counterfeit².
Check out 'Mandrill' from Martin Gore below: