O'Byrne's Chasing Light is a new company specializing in animation, 3D visualization and video. The video was created in collaboration with McCluskey and Rushton's Soup Creative, a Chester, UK-based video and design company. O'Byrne worked with McCluskey and Rushton to develop the concept and styling for the video. Traditional 2D animation techniques were combined with the latest 3D and visual effects technology to create the journey from bright optimistic future into a dark dystopian suburbia.
English Electric was written, recorded, produced and mixed by OMD - McCluskey and Paul Humphreys. The record is a 12-track letter to technology, space, love and a grand return to form for a band whose 1980 hit "Enola Gay" occupied the world's stage at last year's Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Album highlights, in additon to the first single, include the radioactive clatter of "Atomic Ranch" - a song which satires conventional aspirations with computerised voices - "Kissing The Machine" - which was composed in collaboration with early influence Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos and "Helen of Troy" - which revives the recurring historical figure motif.
McCluskey says of the album; "The overarching feel tends to be a sense of loss, of melancholia, that things haven't turned out the way you wanted them to, whether it be with technology or personal relationships." The title itself - taken from a British industrial manufacturing company - has further resonance for the pair as locomotive enthusiasts and
self-confessed technology geeks.
The new record is their follow-up to 2010's History of Modern and is the band's 12th album to date. The album is being released on standard CD format, as a deluxe edition; with media book and bonus DVD, vinyl, limited edition die cut sleeve on heavyweight vinyl, and as a limited edition deluxe tin boxset, as well as digitally.
The original four-piece band; Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper will be reunited once again this spring for a string of shows, to commemorate the band's 35th anniversary.
Confirmed tour dates are below from MNN. Diamond Rings are supporting OMD on all of these dates except for Mexico.
OMD 2013 Tour Itinerary-
5 - Vancouver - Commodore Ballroom
6 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox @ The Market
7 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
12 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
14 - Indio, CA - Coachella
15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
18 - Mexico City, DF - Teatro Metrpolitan
21 - Indio, CA - Coachella
11 - Toronto, ONT - Danforth Music Hall
12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
15 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
17 - New York City, NY - Terminal 5
19 - Toronto, ONT - Daforth Music Hall
20 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
22 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
23 - Chicago, IL - Metro
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