After reuniting for a special ‘one-off’ show in 2018, Soft Cell have decided to head back into the studio and record their first new album in 20 years.
Marc Almond and Dave Ball haven’t recorded an album of Soft Cell material since the 2002 effort Cruelty Without Beauty. The duo initially split up in 1984, but then reunited in 2001 for a series of live dates, which then ended up leading to the recording of the aforementioned album.
In 2018, the duo rekindled their relationship once more and announced that they would be playing London’s O2 Arena, which they revealed would be their final show before calling it quits for goods. However, Soft Cell have surprisingly stayed active since the reunion, releasing a book in 2019 and creating a special release for Record Store Day last year.
Now, speaking to the Daily Star, Dave Ball said: “Before the O2 show, Marc and I hadn’t seen each other in about 15 years. In the years between, we’ve started to sound mature. The new songs are still catchy, but a lot more worldly-wise.”
Ball then delved into more detail about what we should all expect from the long-awaited album, adding: “We haven’t tried to write another ‘Tainted Love’. Maybe we should!”
Check out the duo performing ‘Say Hello/Wave Goodbye’ at the O2 Arena in 2018 below.