Check out the latest news about OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) releasing their new LP, Bauhaus Staircase.
Over the past four decades — give or take a decade break — the illustrious and critically acclaimed Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) have sold over 40 million records worldwide, establishing them as electronic synthesiser pioneers and one of Britain’s best-loved pop groups. Their 13 long players include benchmark-raising classics Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1980), Organisation (1980), Architecture & Morality (1981), and Dazzle Ships (1983). OMD conquered the United States, and yielded the 1986 hit, “If You Leave” from the Pretty In Pink Soundtrack. They have also achieved 12 top 20 hits on the UK Singles Chart, as well as three top 20 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Following the celebration of their 40th anniversary last year, now, OMD returns with their first new studio album since 2017’s highly praised The Punishment Of Luxury, a record entitled Bauhaus Staircase, out today via White Noise (through The Orchard).
Bauhaus Staircase — introduced this year with singles “Bauhaus Staircase,” “Slow Train,” and “Veruschka” — is regarded as OMD’s most explicitly political record and the crowning achievement of their desire to be both Stockhausen and Abba – born from the impetus to kickstart new explorations during lockdown when, as Andy McCluskey admits: “I rediscovered the creative power of total boredom.”
Predominantly written, recorded, and mixed by both McCluskey and Paul Humphreys (who has recently become a second-time father), Bauhaus Staircase’s other main external influence was David Watts, mainly known as a rock producer who helmed Sheffield band The Reytons’ recent No 1 album and mixed two tracks on the new OMD record. With Bauhaus Staircase, OMD have created a landmark album worthy of their finest work, showing a duo who are still perfectly in sync 45 years after their first gig at legendary Liverpool club Eric’s. “I’m very happy with what we’ve done on this record,” McCluskey summarizes. “I’m comfortable if this is OMD’s last statement.”
To celebrate their record’s release today, the pair are additionally sharing a new visual for focus track, “Anthropocene.” A term for the current era in Earth’s evolution, when mankind is directly affecting it, “Anthropocene” is the spiritual heir of Dazzle Ships’ mordant electro bangers, a six-minute masterclass in tension as a voiceover starkly intones how mankind is “crushing all diversity” of other species.
The new video for “Anthropocene” will premiere at 7:45 PM UK tonight following the official LP Release Livestream Q&A with both Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, beginning at 7 PM UK on YouTube. Find more information and tune in HERE.
OMD have also revealed details of their return to the stage, with the band taking to the road next year. Across January, February & March 2024, OMD will play 40 dates across the Europe, UK & Ireland, including their biggest ever London headline show at London’s O2 Arena on March 24th, 2024.
“We are so excited to be able to tour again with a brand new album to showcase,” says Andy McCluskey. “It’s been six years since we learned new songs for live performances. The songs from Bauhaus Staircase will fit beautifully into our setlist – we just have to choose which five to play, as we have to treat people to the hits as well!”OMD will additionally perform alongside New Order, Tears for Fears, Soft Cell, The B-52s, DEVO, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, and many more at the SOLD OUT Darker Waves Festival, taking place Saturday, November 18 in Huntington Beach, CA. They will also play a Darker Waves after show, taking place at House of Blues Anaheim on November 19. Tickets and more information for all of OMD’s forthcoming live dates can be found HERE.
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