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Manoeuvres - Premier Tribute To Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are an English electronic band formed in Wirral, Merseyside, in 1978. The group consists of co-founders Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), along with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Stuart Kershaw (drums); McCluskey has been the only constant member. Regarded as pioneers of electronic music, OMD combined an experimental, minimalist ethos with pop sensibilities, becoming central figures in the late-1970s/early-1980s emergence of synth-pop.
As far as OMD tribute bands go, Manoeuvres is the only one I 've heard of and it consists of a husband and wife combo, Barry and Sarah Walton. I had my reservations at first, not really knowing what to expect, but after taking in their show at the Majestic Theatre in Darlington, UK, I was very impressed at wahat they had to offer. The sound and presentation was excellent and they certainly did OMD proud.
Lifted from the Manoeuvres website...
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) are one of the world’s most pioneering, iconic, original, inventive and respected synth based bands. We have a sincere and deep respect and love for their music, this has ultimately prompted us to create Manoeuvres – a respectful tribute to Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD). An authentic show, full of the atmosphere and sounds of one of the most unique and influential bands of all time.
“Thanks for an excellent, authentic performance, assisted by the singer bearing more than a passing resemblance to the real Andy McCluskey!”
“Honestly, at times if you closed your eyes, your renditions were so good you could of been at a real OMD concert.”
“Really enjoyable show. Totally gets their audience and showcases the bands 40 year back catalogue in an authentic and respectful way.”
“They are dedicated to reproducing the mighty OMD… and they do an exceptional job! They don’t sample. I went to see them for the first time last month at the Robin2 and they blew me away.”
“Totally amazing and what a credit to OMD! You and Sarah have both worked so hard to re-create the OMD sound (unique to start with) and absolutely clinched it. The timing, the sound and the connectivity and banter you had with each other and the audience was spot on. Even the lighting and flyers were OMD – esque!”
“To be honest I was a bit reserved about it for a band that I’ve supported through thick & thin for 30+ years on whether you would do it justice… HECK YEH you were brilliant!”
I love how although inspired by the original band, Manoeuvres is true to their very own style. If you haven’t heard them play you’re missing out!! Quite a tribute to OMD indeed!