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New Music From OMD!

Synth-pop pioneers OMD return with their dazzling 13th studio album The Punishment of Luxury which sees them combine the wistful nostalgia and idealized romance of their previous work while stepping out of their comfort zone. The LP is out September 1st on White Noise Records.

The follow up to the critically acclaimed English Electric (released in 2013) The Punishment Of Luxury is a daring collection of stylish synth pop and masterful songwriting which will certainly rank alongside their very best.

Written, recorded, produced and mixed by OMD – Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys – the album is the sound of a band in their prime. “On this album, we have managed to make beautiful things out of noises and repetitive patterns,” explains Andy. “The trouble is, we just can’t help but write a catchy melody!”

The track and album are named after an 1891 painting by the Italian divisionist Giovanni Segantini that caught Andy’s eye. Andy explains, “Most people in the western world are materially better off than their predecessors ever were and yet we are unhappier. Now we have many possessions that we don’t need because we’ve been persuaded to buy. This is the punishment of luxury.”

Described by The Quietus as “not just one of the best synth bands ever – they are one of the best bands ever,” OMD’s influence has become ubiquitous. The xx, the Killers, and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy have cited OMD as an inspiration, and the likes of Future Islands and Chvrches show traces of OMD’s DNA.

Check out three of the tracks from the new album now!

Punishment Of Luxury – Tracklisting
1. The Punishment of Luxury
2. Isotype
3. Robot Man
4. What Have We Done
5. Precision & Decay
6. As We Open, So We Close
7. Art Eats Art
8. Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang
9. One More Time
10. La Mitrailleuse
11. Ghost Star
12.The View From Here


July 2017
Fri 28th SAN FRANCISCO, Regency Ballroom
Sat 29th LOS ANGELES, Microsoft Theater
Sun 30th TIJUANA, El Foro

August 2017
Wed 2nd MEXICO CITY, Pepsi Centre
Sat 5th DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Hard Rock Cafe

October 2017
Mon 23rd DUBLIN, Vicar street
Tue 24th BELFAST, Mandella Hall
Sun 29th LIVERPOOL, Empire   
Mon 30th BRISTOL, Colston Hall

  November 2017
Wed 1st SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavilion   
Thur 2nd IPSWICH, Regent
Fri 3rd CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
Sun 5th LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall
Mon 6th NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall
Tue 7th SHEFFIELD, City Hall   
Thur 9th READING, Hexagon
Fri 10th SOUTHAMPTON, Guildhall
Sat 11th GUILDFORD, G Live
Mon 13th LONDON, Roundhouse
Wed 15th BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion
Fri 17th MANCHESTER, Academy
Sat 18th YORK, Barbican
Sun 19th GLASGOW, Royal Concert Hall   
Tue 21st BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall
Wed 22nd GATESHEAD, Sage 1
Sat 25th ERFURT, Traum Hits Festival
Sun 26th HAMBURG, Grosse Freoheit
Tue 28th BERLIN, Huxleys
Wed 29th LEIPZIG, Taus Auenesse
Thur 30th MUNICH, Tonhalle

December 2017
Sat 2nd OFFENBACH, Stadhalle
Sun 3rd DUSSELDORF, Mitsubishi Electric Hall
Tue 5th TILBURG, 013
Wed 6th ANTWERP, De Roma
Fri 8th LAUSANNE, Les Docks


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FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! The Debut Album From Night Drive Is Heeeeeeeere!

I can’t even tell you how LONG I’ve been waiting for this! It feels like YEARS! Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon make up the duo that is Night Drive.

Fun Facts:

Both of the guys started as frontmen for the bands MoTel Aviv and Glasnost (!!!YASS! I remember loving Glasnost).

They previously supported acts such as Yelle and Digitalism — again YASSSS!!!!

Night Drive is the type of music you would hear on a car stereo if Giorgio Moroder and Ray Bradbury were driving late at night through a buzzing metropolis. Inspired by the bygone era of glamour and excess, kaleidoscopic neon lights, Studio 54 and Tony Wilson’s Hacienda, the band pulls influence from acts such as Brian Eno, New Order, OMD, The Drums and LCD Soundsystem to name a few. Night Drive rides a nu-wave of fast-tempo, synth-based electronic sounds driven by rich guitar melodies and arresting vocal hooks.

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Listen: Youngblood Hawke & Diamond Rings Remixes!

Youngblood Hawke's debut album, Wake Up, will be out April 30th.

Youngblood Hawke’s debut album, Wake Up, will be out April 30th.

Los Angeles indie alternative quintet Youngblood Hawke and Toronto electronic pop troubadour Diamond Rings have swapped remixes! The band added a devilishly danceable energy to the Canadian stalwart’s hit single “Runaway Love,” while he took on “Last Time,” giving it a fresh and fiery spin.

Listen: Youngblood Hawke “Last Time” (Diamond Rings Remix) vs Diamond Rings “Runaway Love” (Youngblood Hawke Remix)

“Last Time” shows listeners another side of the group’s forthcoming Republic Records debut full-length, Wake Up, available in stores and online April 30. This is the first time the world has the opportunity to hear new music, so listen up. The band is also hot off of a sold out headlining show in their hometown and ten smoking SXSW appearances. They’ll be hitting on the road again starting April 19 in Austin, TX, where they’ll be kicking off a headlining tour (all dates below).

“We Come Running” has become a ubiquitous anthem in its own right.  With danceable cadence and a massive refrain, the song resounds with arena-ready energy. The group recently played the standout track live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which you can watch here. Plus, its music video has some real teeth, featuring an audience of sharks and the submersed band members. Consistently drawing attention, the clip recently surpassed 1 million views on YouTube/VEVO and counting.

After a tour with Stars, performances on The Late Show With David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno plus a string of showcases at SXSW, Diamond Rings will be hitting the road opening for electro-pop icons OMD this Spring and Summer (dates below).

Upcoming YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE Tour Dates:
4/19 – Austin, TX – The Parish
4/20 – Houston, TX – Buzzfest at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
4/22 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
4/23 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
4/24 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
4/27 – Dallas, TX – Dallas Stadium
5/3 – Tampa, FL – Florida Sunshine Festival
5/5 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
5/6 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
5/7 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
5/8 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
5/9 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
5/13 – New York, NY – Santos Party House
5/14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
5/15 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
5/17 – San Diego, CA – Sungod Festival
5/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon
5/23 – San Francisco, CA – Popscene
5/25 – Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theatre
5/26 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival @ The Gorge
5/27 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue

Upcoming Diamond Rings Tour Dates:
4/6 Seattle WA  The Showbox
4/7 Portland OR Wonder Ballroom
4/10 Salt Lake City, UT    The Depot
4/12 San Francisco, CA   The Regency
4/15 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre
7/12 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
7/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
7/15 Boston, MA Paradise Club
7/17 New York, NY Terminal 5
7/20 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
7/22 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
7/23 Chicago, IL Metro


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Newest Love: French Horn Rebellion

Watch the video for “Up All Night”

“Next big thing…Electro” New York Times
“Irresistible, panting synth-pop, with fat new wave key tones and ecstatic vocals.” Pitchfork
“A roller-coaster ride of an album that is as uplifting as it is beguiling” Q Magazine
“Warp speed eclectic” Time Out London

French Horn Rebellion (Robert and David Perlick-Molinari) kick off 2011 by announcing the US self-release of their debut album The
Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion
on April 19th digitally and May 24th physically (Once Upon A Time Records) and play 27 North American live shows supporting French electro pop outfit Yelle starting 17th April. MySpace Music exclusively premieres the band’s debut early, go here to listen to it.

Written, produced and mixed by Robert and David, ‘The Infinite Music…’ is a debut album that warps the fabric of dance, electro, rock and funk and may just turn out to be a contender for this year’s most ambitious, multi-faceted and engaging debut album. Crucially, the album also follows an intergalactic narrative that tracks the physical and emotional journey of an unknown French Horn player. “There is a story running through the album, it’s about the Universe. We’re pretty clear on what the story is, but what you take away from it may be something entirely different,” says David.

These two unassuming brothers, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have already toured and played with the likes of Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, The Drums and Cut Copy. The band have also remixed the likes of MEN, Two Door Cinema Club, OMD, Young Empires and Alex Winston.

Check out this hilarious video for “Broken Heart”

You can have a listen at the entire new album on MySpace by clicking here.

Download “This Moment” here

Download “Up All Night” (Clubfeet Remix) here

Download “What I Want” (JD Samson’s EVA HESSE remix) here

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Newest Love: Mackintosh Braun

Check out the video for Mackintosh Braun’s “Could It Be” which was recently on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Mackintosh Braun is playing a show with OMD at The Music Box in Hollywood on March 29th. You gotta listen to MB’s remix of OMD’s “Save Me.” (Click here to listen.)

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OMD is Back

Click to watch the video for new track "If You Want It"

We’ve all swooned over OMD’s hit “If You Leave” (at least, if you’re normal you have); well now Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphrey are back for the first time in 15 years with new album History of Modern.

In these electro-friendly times, OMD’s influence has become ubiquitous. The XX, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy have cited OMD as an inspiration, while the likes of La Roux, Cold Cave and The Horrors show traces of OMD’s DNA. Andy notes that today OMD is perceived to have its place in the “pantheon of relevant popular music history”, something which seemed unthinkable during the Britpop era.

Upbeat and bristling with ideas, History of Modern was mixed by Arctic Monkeys/Foals engineer Mike Crossey, and offers a slightly rawer kind of pleasure to the serene melancholy of OMD’s early-’80s moments. In a nice touch, the record’s sleeve was designed by Peter Saville, who was responsible for the iconic artwork of those first OMD albums. Saville was the in-house designer at Factory Records, the label that released OMD’s debut single “Electricity in 1979. For many, History of Modern will be their first experience of OMD, and one hopes their curiosity will lead them to other oldie but goodies.

“I suppose the nice thing is that, just like in the early days, we made this record simply because we fancied making a record,” says McCluskey. “There was no pressure to make a record in order to sell records and sustain a career. It was like making a first album again.”

US Tracklisting:

  1. New Babies: New Toys
  2. If You Want It
  3. History of Modern (Part I)
  4. History of Modern (Part II)
  5. Sometimes
  6. RFWK
  7. New Holy Ground
  8. The Future, The Past, And Forever After
  9. Sister Marie Says
  10. Pulse
  11. Green
  12. Bondage of Fate
  13. The Right Side
  14. Save Me (featuring Aretha Franklin)

Spin has released a great article and you can check out another new OMD song, “New Babies: New Toys,” by clicking here.

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