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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 cant help but write a catchy melody!’

The album takes its name from an 1891 painting by the Italian Giovani Segantini and contains everything from the Kraftwerkian ‘Isotype’ and ‘Robot Man’ to the blue eyed soul ballads of ‘One More Time’ and ‘The View From Here’ as well as more traditional OMD songs like ‘Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang’ and the synth heavy title track.

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.

U.K & EU TOUR DATES:

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