Dresden Prize

OMD’s appearance at the Dresden prize caused quite a stir.  Not only did the performance of 4 songs rock the normally sedate Semperoper, but the prize recipient the Duke of Kent was moved to stand and clap along, whilst the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Bishop of Coventry Chirstopher Cocksworth were both seen to be busting a few moves.

Andy’s speech at the event can be read here. 

OMD to perform at the Dresden Prize

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.

Dresden – Out Now!

The CD single is available only from our online store and comes with b-side Time Burns as well as remixes from John Foxx and The Maths, Mike Jolly and Bounce. The CD is limited to 1000 copies only.

The iTunes bundle features all the tracks from the CD single as well as an extra exclusive remix from Zebra and Snake.

CD: http://smarturl.it/Dresden-CD
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Dresden-iTunes

Dresden

The second single from English Electric will be Dresden. It will be released on 20th May and will be available in 2 formats: CD Single and Digital Download

The tracklisting for the CD Single is:

1) Dresden (Single Version)
2) Time Burns
3) Dresden (John Foxx and The Maths Remix)
4) Dresden (Mike Jolly’s Architectural Remix)
5) Dresden (Bounce Darkside Remix)

The tracklisting for the iTunes digital download is:

1) Dresden (Single Version)
2) Time Burns
3) Dresden (John Foxx and The Maths Remix)
4) Dresden (Mike Jolly’s Architectural Remix)
5) Dresden (Bounce Darkside Remix)
6) Dresden (Zebra and Snake Remix)

The CD single is available to pre-order now from here 

English Electric

We are delighted to announce our new album English Electric. It will be released on April 8th on CD, deluxe CD+DVD, heavyweight vinyl LP, collectors’ tin boxset as well as digitally.

The tracklist is as follows:

Please Remain Seated
Metroland
Night Café
The Future Will Be Silent
Helen of Troy
Our System
Kissing The Machine
Decimal
Stay With Me
Dresden
Atomic Ranch
Final Song

The video for Decimal is available to watch here. The first single will be Metroland, released on 25th March.

English Electric Update

We keep getting asked about the imagery and sound that will be associated with English Electric. The imagery is the more difficult issue. We already have a clear vision for the first priority in making an album; the direction of the music.

Regarding imagery; we have a dilemma. There would be a simple logic to basing something on recreating the front of the blue and cream Deltic Diesel prototype. However, there is also a reason for doing something totally fresh. EE is certainly an attempt to move forward, yet will also retain our distinctive style. Simply recreating the Deltic front would be more like another version of History of Modern and would tend to suggest that the music is a further exploration of that theme. We have, as yet, made no decision.

Lyrically, EE seems to be an exploration of how one’s Utopian dreams often end in dystopic failure and regret. Musically, it uses many current sounds and styles. Dresden sounds very ‘OMD,’ Our System is like a Glitch style Stanlow/ROTT if that can be imagined. Helen of Troy sound like Georgia meets first album Depeche. Please Remain Seated, Decimal, and Atomic Ranch use programmed robotic voices and have a hint of Dazzle Ships to them. And there is more..much more!

Andy