Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore Announces New Solo EP ‘The Third Chimpanzee’

Martin Gore, chief songwriter and founding member of Depeche Mode, has announced a new solo EP. Titled The Third Chimpanzee, the five-track EP drops January 29th, via Mute Records.

Gore also shared the EP’s lead single “Mandrill,” written and recorded earlier this year at Electric Ladyboy in Santa Barbara, California. Listen to it below.

“The first track I recorded had a sound that wasn’t human,” said Gore in a statement. “It sounded primate-like. I decided to name it ‘Howler’, after a monkey. 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.”

Pre-order The Third Chimpanzee here. Check out the tracklisting and artwork by a capuchin monkey named Pockets Warhol below.

Depeche Mode were recently inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame alongside Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Doobie Brothers, Notorious B.I.G., and T-Rex.


The Third Chimpanzee by Martin Gore album artwork cover art


Howler’s End

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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