Back in 2010, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark returned to our turntables with spectacular comeback album History of Modern, their first new record in 14 years and immediate reassurance that OMD 2.0 wasn’t going to be a nostalgic money grab. Seven years later and now three albums in, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys appear to be as fit a unit as ever, and this month’s The Punishment of Luxury serves as another master class from one of the true pioneers of synth-pop.
“On this album we have managed to make beautiful things out of noises and repetitive patterns,” says McCluskey in a press release. “The trouble is, we just can’t help but write a catchy melody!”
That’s the truth, and one that has resided within OMD since their remarkable ’80s era, highlighted by electronic music classics like “If You Leave” and Electricity.” To celebrate the new record, OMD head out on a 27-date North American tour next winter and spring, and it touches down at Boston’s House of Blues on March 9. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
For those not properly caught up the new dazzle of OMD, catch up with two of The Punishment of Luxury’s tracks before as you scan through their full tour itinerary.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2018 U.S. Tour Dates:
March 6: Washington D.C., Black Cat
March 7: Philadelphia, PA, Theatre Of The Living Arts
March 9: Boston, MA, House Of Blues
March 10: New York, NY, Terminal 5
March 12: Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall
March 14: Detroit, MI, Majestic Theatre
March 16: Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre
March 17: Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theatre
March 18: Minneapolis, MN, First Ave.
March 20: Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
March 21: Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
March 23: Vancouver, B.C., Commodore Ballroom
March 24: Seattle, WA, Showbox @ The Market
March 25: Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
March 27: San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom
March 29: Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern Theatre
March 30: Anaheim, CA, The House Of Blues
March 31: San Diego, CA, The House of Blues
April 2: Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
April 5: Dallas, TX, House Of Blues
April 6: Austin, TX, Emos
April 7: Houston, TX, House OF Blues
April 9: New Orleans, LA, Civic Theatre
April 10: Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
April 12: Orlando, FL The Beacham
April 13: St. Petersburg, FL The State Theatre
April 14: Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live