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Synth-Pop Pioneers OMD Return to Terminal 5 on Saturday Night

March 8th, 2018

Core members Andy McCluskey (bass, keys and vocals) and Paul Humphreys (keys and vocals) formed the seminal boundary-pushing synth-pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark—or OMD—40 years ago in North West England. They broke into the American mainstream when “If You Leave” was featured at the end of Pretty in Pink in the mid-’80s. But by 1996, OMD (above, performing “The Punishment of Luxury” live in studio for WNYC FM) would call it quits, which is where this story would end if McCluskey and Humphreys hadn’t reunited, along with Martin Cooper (keys and sax) and Stuart Kershaw (drums), in 2006. And although they could’ve relied on their deep catalog of 10 LPs at that point, essentially as a legacy act, instead they’ve continued to push forward, making new acclaimed music every few years. Their 13th studio full-length, The Punishment of Luxury (stream it below), arrived last September to considerable plaudits across the globe. “Synth-pop at its most charming and effortless,” proclaimed the Irish Times. “The band can conjure up melodies so familiar they feel like greatest hits. It’s an album so full of stylish pop perfection it would make Brandon Flowers weep into his silky pillow. While the A.V. Club added: “OMD examine the complications of progress on the sparking The Punishment of Luxury.” Back in the United States, OMD play Terminal 5 on Saturday night.