Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark Tickets
Formed in 1978 in Wirral, Merseyside, Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark is an English electronic music band that comprises of four members. These include founding member Andy McCluskey on vocals and bass guitar and Paul Humphreys on keyboards and vocals, along with rotating members, Martin Cooper on various different instruments and Malcolm Holmes, on drums. The sound of the band is basically electronic, with an infusion of various elements, such as synth-pop, new wave, experimental, new wave and post-punk. And now, the English group is bringing its amazing sound to your town. Grab these Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark tickets now.
OMD will be coming to Los Angeles, CA, on the 29th of July, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater – don’t miss out!
History of Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark
The founders of the band, McCluskey and Humphreys first met in school in the early 1960s. By their teenage years, they were involved with various groups. While working with Malcolm Holmes on a band called Equinox, the two discovered their interest in the electronic style of music, inspired by Kraftwerk. After a few stints here and there, the two eventually formed a band called The Id, whose lineup included McCluskey’s girlfriend on vocals and Malcolm Holmes on drums. The band performed for a while before parting ways in 1978 due to musical differences.
In 1978, McCluskey and Humphreys came together again and created the band Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark, which was renamed from VCL XI. Soon the band began to gig regularly across the country.
Disbandment and Reformation
The band went through a rough patch and eventually ended up splitting around the early nineties. McCluskey was the only one left to carry on the band’s work. In late 1996, even McCluskey retired the OMD name due to a decreasing public interest. He shifted his focus towards songwriting instead for bands such as The Genie Queen and the Atomic Kitten.
On 1st January, 2006, an unexpected request for the band from a German Television show resulted in a reformation. Andy McCluskey soon announced plans to reform the band with a lineup that would consist of the McCluskey, Humphrey, Cooper and Holmes.
The Music of Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark
Over the years since its formation, and reformation, the band has released 13 studio albums, 6 live albums, 5 compilation albums, 8 video albums, 45 music videos, 2 EPs and 39 singles. Their single “Enola Gay” sold five million copies and put them on the international music map. The album, Architecture & Morality, sold more than four million copies with three of its singles selling a combined 8 million copies. In 1991, Sugar Tax was recorded – it sold around 3 million copies and helped reestablish the group as a dominant force in the electronic music industry.
To date, seven of the band’s albums have been certified gold in the UK and Canada. Two albums received platinum status in the UK and Canada.
Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark’s latest work, The Punishment of Luxury, was released on 1st September, 2017 under the label, White Noise Records.
What to expect from The Punishment of Luxury?
With a brand new album out and a tour about to begin, here is what fans ought to know about the band’s latest album, The Punishment of Luxury.
The name of the album comes from the 1891 painting by the Italian artist, Giovanni Segantini. McCluskey talked about how the inspiration for the album was somewhat derived from the painting. The band members took the idea to create a sort of metaphor for modern life and first world problems. Humphreys talked about how this album intends to maintain the band’s initial roots while still accomplishing new things. With songs such as “Isotype”, “What Have We Done”, “Art Eats Art” and “Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang”, the band is all set to leave its mark on the music industry one more time.
If you want to catch this action live, you need to get your hands on these Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark tickets at the earliest. With the new album just out, along with a rich musical history, there is no surprise to the fact that the tickets for the upcoming performance at the Microsoft Center are selling out fast.
The upcoming tour will go to several different places, including Mexico, UK, Ireland and the US. So no matter where you are, get ready to experience some of the best music of your life.