Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore and Vince Clark announce new band VCMG

Pair will release material together for first time since 1981

Depeche Mode‘s Martin Gore and Vince Clarke have revealed that the name of their new joint side-project will be VCMG.

The pair, who played together in electronic pioneers Depeche Mode until Clarke left the band in 1981, will release music together for the first time in over 30 years under the moniker, says Rolling Stone.

VCMG‘s first EP of remixes, titled ‘Spook’, will be made available on music website Beatport on November 30 before going on general release on December 12, while their as-yet-untitled debut LP is expected to arrive in 2012.

Earlier this year, Gore had revealed that he and Clarke had reconciled and would be working on a new project together. “Out of the blue I got an e-mail from [Clarke] just saying, ‘I’m interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating?,'” he said. “He said, ‘No pressure, no deadlines,’ so I said, ‘OK,’ and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last six months.”

Clarke left Depeche Mode in 1981, shortly after the band released their first album ‘Speak & Spell’, and was replaced by Alan Wilder. He went on to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet, and would later form Erasure with vocalist Andy Bell

Depeche Mode, meanwhile, released a new remix compilation in June of this year. The album, titled ‘Remixes 2: 81-11’, spanned their 30-year career and was released as both a one-disc and three-disc set.