Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan has revealed that the band are currently working on their next album.
The frontman explained that he, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher are in New York working on the follow-up to 2009's Sounds of the Universe.
The electronic pioneers have a large collection of possible songs for the album, with the hope of completing it by the end of the year, Gahan told Billboard.
"We've got more songs than we've ever had to work on at this stage," he said. "Martin's been very prolific, written some great songs. I've got a bunch of tunes as well that we're working on that are really starting to develop into something cool.
"I'm excited about where this one's going; I think it's going to be a more direct record, a punchier record. That's all I can say at this point; with Depeche Mode, anything can change through the course of making a record."
Gahan also said that they are looking into going on tour at some point in 2013 to support the album.
"It's a long process. We're probably not finished till the end of the year, and we're talking about touring next year," he explained.
"But right now it's like a science lab here. We're working in two rooms at the moment, just full of electronics and guitars and everybody's getting very creative. It's like a laboratory."