OMD have announced that they are back with news of a new album ‘Bauhaus Staircase’ – their first new LP in six years. See the song title on the album.
The upcoming album is the band’s first announcement since they celebrated their 40th anniversary last year, and the first new music from their acclaimed 13th studio album ‘The Punishment of Luxury’, which arrived in 2017.
Largely written, recorded and mixed by the two members – McCluskey and Paul Humphreys – the upcoming LP Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark is considered to be the most overtly political record to date. It also expresses his desire to “be both Stockhausen and Abba”, and was written during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“I rediscovered the creative power of boredom,” McCluskey admitted of the project, praising the roots of experimental sound and the political motivation behind it.
The pair also collaborated on the new album with David Watts, the rock producer who helmed Sheffield band The Reytons’ breakthrough album.
“I’m really happy with what we’ve done on this record,” explains McCluskey, reflecting on the 45 years since the band first played in Liverpool. “I feel comfortable if this is the last statement from OMD.”
Bauhaus Staircase’ will be available on October 27 via White Noise. Visit this link to pre-order the album.
To celebrate the announcement of the new album, the members have also shared the first single taken from the LP. The title track, which also opens the album, is a nod to McCluskey’s love of the Bauhaus era.
It is also intended to reflect on the power of protest art and functions as a “metaphor” of how artistic passion can show strength in the face of criticism and adversity.
“When times are tough, governments tend to cut funding for creativity, just at a time when the arts are most needed to nourish our souls. It is therefore appropriate that the song was created and his self-titled album during the Covid lockdown,” McCluskey said of the song.
Sonically, the track hits you immediately with raspy analog synths, electronic melodies and punting 808 drums. And the energy keeps building for only four minutes.And the energy keeps building for only four minutes. Listen to the theme below.
Later this year, OMD will be performing at this year’s Dark Wave Festival. The event will be held in Huntington, California on November 18, and the band will be performing alongside the likes of New Order, Tears for Fears, Soft Cell, DEVO, Echo & The Bunnymen, and The Psychedelic Furs, among others. .
In other OMD news, back in 2019, McCluskey was featured in the NME series Does Rock N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! A series, reflecting on the subject of the band ‘Enola Gay’ being banned from the BBC children’s TV show Swap Shop.
“I don’t know how they came up with it, as we had done a lot of pressure on the fact that it was on the plane that dropped the atomic bomb,” he said. “Bizarre! (Takes on an old-fashioned BBC suit voice) ‘It will be all right if the morality of dropping atomic bombs is questioned, but we don’t want the word ‘gay’ on children’s morning television! .”