We’re pleased to confirm that we will be headlining all three Rewind Festival events this year in the UK. 

We will be playing:

26th July: Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, Perth
9th August: Rewind North, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire 
22nd August: Rewind South, Temple Island Meadows, Henley-On-Thames

As previously announced, due to Malcolm’s ongoing recovery Stuart Kershaw will be drumming for all shows for the foreseeable future (with Malcolm’s blessing).

Tickets and further information are available at the Rewind website. 

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark will be playing at the presentation of the "Dresden Prize" to HRH Prince at Dresden’s Semper Opera next month. The prize recognises contributions to the reconciliation of Great Britain and Germany.

The performance will include the track "Dresden" from the album "English Electric". Andy McCluskey said of the track "Most people in Great Britain know that Dresden was bombed in the Second World War; it was shocking and gruesome. I used this event as a painful metaphor for futility, sadness and loss". 

More information about the prize is available here.

News | OOOps!

I’ve just noticed that the “Music” section is dead in the water..

None of the links actually work.. I’ll sort it out as soon as I can – I’m a bit busy fixing a large qube! renderfarm.. deja vu or what?

OMD | 2015 News

Happy New Year to everyone. 

Over the next few weeks we will be announcing news about some more summer festival appearances. Stuart Kershaw has been at Andy’s house today and is now starting to rehearse the drum parts for the live shows later in the year. 

Writing of the new album has started in earnest and there are already two track titles to share – "Evolution of Species" and "The Punishment of Luxury".

Finally, Junk Culture will be reissued in February with bonus tracks and previously unreleased material. Pre-order your copy here and keep watching for further Junk Culture news in the coming months.

News | Happy New Year!

I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who reads my ramblings, whether you read the posts on the site, follow me on twitter or facebook, or subscribe by e-mail..

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May next year be all that you want it to be.

OMD | Top Of The Pops: The Story Of 1980

 Andy and Paul have contributed to "Top Of The Pops: The Story of 1980" which will be broadcast on Friday 2nd January at 9pm on BBC Four. More information is available here. 

Behringer teases $500 reproduction of classic ARP Odyssey synth

Classic synth could be making a comeback.

Gear manufacturer Behringer has hinted that it’s making a clone of the ARP Odyssey, the synthesizer that helped define ’80s electronic pop.

“How would you feel if we build an authentic ARP Odyssey synthesizer, but with a unique 3-mode VCF circuitry (that replicates all MK I to III versions) plus full Midi/USB implementation?” the company wrote on Facebook alongside a mock-up image (above).

Priced around $500, Behringer’s clone would compete with Korg’s reproduction of the ARP Odyssey, announced in February 2014. Behringer announced its plans to launch a synthesizer line just a month ago.

The original ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 and came to define a certain crossover style incorporating electronic pop, jazz and progressive rock. John Foxx used the ARP Odyssey on his genre-busting Metamatic album, Jean Michel Jarre used one on Oxygene, and Gary Numan kept one around until at least 1985, even though production ceased in 1981.

For more vital synth history, check out our guide to the 14 synths that shaped modern music – naturally, the ARP Odyssey is included. [via Synthtopia]

OMD | Junk Culture Reissue

Junk Culture will be reissued as a deluxe edition (via Universal Music) on 2nd February 2015. It is available to pre-order now from here.

The 2 CD set features the original album fully remastered, a collection of the era’s b-sides and extended mixes as well as 2 previously unheard songs (All Or Nothing featuring Paul on vocals, and 10 to 1 which is an unreleased song but some of the words went into Love and Violence). Also, there are 3 previously unreleased demos. 

 

Disc 1

1. Junk Culture 
2. Tesla Girls 
3. Locomotion 
4. Apollo 
5. Never Turn Away
6. Love And Violence 
7. Hard Day 
8. All Wrapped Up 
9. White Trash 
10. Talking Loud And Clear 

Disc 2

1. Her Body In My Soul 
2. The Avenue 
3. Julia’s Song – Re-Recorded Version 
4. Garden City 
5. Wrappup – Dub Version Of ‘All Wrapped Up’ 
6. Locomotion – 12” Version 
7. Tesla Girls – Extended Mix 
8. Talking Loud And Clear – Extended Version 
9. Never Turn Away – Extended Version 
10. (The Angels Keep Turning) The Wheels Of The Universe 
11. 10 To 1 *
12. All Or Nothing *
13. Heaven Is – Highland Studios Demo *
14. Tesla Girls – Highland Studios Demo *
15. White Trash – Highland Studios Demo *

* = previously unreleased

The Libertines sign to Virgin EMI for first album in a decade

All the usual faux-nostalgic guff about the Albion setting sail and so forth.

The Libertines, who really meant a lot to a lot of people 10 years ago, have signed to Virgin EMI with the intention of releasing their third album next year.

The NME darlings, who were previously signed to Rough Trade, have been hinting at their plans to write another record since reuniting for a few megabucks headlining shows in 2010 and again this year.

“I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy,” said Pete Doherty, who’s currently in rehab in Thailand, where the contract was signed. “It was a beautiful day.”

Fellow frontman Carl Barât, said: “After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, I couldn’t be more excited.” Presumably the other two still aren’t allowed to do any talking.

The band dissolved in acrimony before the release of their self-titled second album in 2004, with Doherty putting out several albums with Babyshambles and as a solo artist. Barât formed his own band Dirty Pretty Things with drummer Gary Powell and is currently fronting another group, The Jackals, who will release an album next February.

Might be smart to put a tenner on them for Glastonbury? [via Pitchfork]

OMD | First 2015 live announcement

 We shall be playing Retro Pop in the Netherlands on 13th June 2015. More information is available here.

Due to Malcolm’s ongoing recovery, Stuart Kershaw will be drumming for all shows for the foreseeable future (with Malcolm’s blessing).

We will be making more festival announcements in the coming months.