OMD Prep First Studio Album in over a Decade, Share New Demo Track

OMD Prep First Studio Album in over a Decade, Share New Demo Track
After a decade of near-silence and a three-year stint of playing sold-out shows with the band's "classic" line-up, British synth-pop pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are close to doing what many fans have dreamt of for the past 14 years: recording a new studio album.

As Slicing Up Eyeballs reports, the album, titled History of Modern, is slated for a fall release, and is the first OMD album since 1986's The Pacific Age to feature the band's aforementioned "classic" line-up: cofounders Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, as well as Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes.

Though no tracklist or official release date has yet been announced [UPDATE: The album is due out on October 4 in the UK], the band have posted a demo of History of Modern track "Sister Marie Says" on their website. The song was written in 1981, but was shelved when it was thought to be too similar to OMD single "Enola Gay."

In celebration of the new album, the Merseyside quartet have scheduled a 19-date European tour with dates in the UK, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. No North American dates yet, but we've got our fingers crossed.

Tour dates:

10/2 Liverpool, UK - Wonderous Place (with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
10/29 Brighton, UK - Dome
10/31 Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
11/1 Nottingham, UK - Royal Centre
11/2 Glasgow, UK - Concert Hall
11/4 Liverpool, UK - Arena
11/5 Ipswich, UK - Regent
11/7 London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
11/8 Birmingham, UK - Symphony Hall
11/11 Cologne, Germany - E-Work
11/12 Hannover, Germany - Capitol
11/13 Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee
11/15 Stuttgart, Germany - Theatrehaus
11/16 Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
11/18 Berlin, Germany - Tempoddrom
11/19 Hamburg, Germany - Docks
11/21 Luxembourg - Venue TBD
11/22 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11/23 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11/25 Paris, France - Casino De Paris