Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) have announced that they will release ‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan Of Arc’ and ‘Maid Of Orleans’, the international hit singles from their 1981 album, Architecture and Morality, on 12” vinyl on October 15th on UMC/EMI. The announcement follows their incredible ‘You Me & OMD’ livestream at London’s Indigo at The O2, which raised funds for the cast and crew whose livelihoods have been affected by Covid-19,
Released in 1981, Architecture & Morality was OMD’s third genre defying studio album. Its iconic use of the Mellotron and choral samples resulted in international critical acclaim and has sold over four million copies worldwide. The three singles from the album, ‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan Of Arc’ and ‘Maid Of Orleans’, all reached the top 5 in the UK singles chart and sold a total of eight million copies combined. It was an album that further solidified OMD as the Kings of the synth-pop world.
“The success of Architecture and Morality took us all by surprise,” Andy McCluskey commented. “Once again we had followed our raison d’être of changing musical style, but we seemed to have really hit upon a sound that resonated with a wide audience. The three singles ‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan of Arc’, and ‘Maid of Orleans’ all went top five in the UK. To this day they remain the “Holy Trinity” in the middle of our live stage performances and the audience reaction is always rapturous.”
Now, for the first time, the band will release the hits as three 12” singles on 45 rpm coloured vinyl. The vinyl contains a triple gatefold sleeve, silver-board & emboss detail as well as a download card and is available to pre-order now from HERE.
OMD will also embark on a UK arena tour in November, which will see the band perform songs from ‘Architecture & Morality’, plus many more from their legendary back catalogue. The tour will stop off at London’s Eventim Apollo, as well as two hometown shows at the Liverpool Empire and Olympia.
Strap in and prepare for nothing but the best from a band who are unquestionably still at the very top of their game.
The band will play the following UK arena headline shows in November 2021:
2021 UK Headline Tour Dates
Mon 1st GLASGOW, O2 Academy
Tue 2nd EDINBURGH, Usher Hall
Wed 3rd GATESHEAD, Sage
Fri 5th HULL Bonus Arena
Sat 6th LEEDS, First Direct Arena
Sun 7th CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
Tue 9th LEICESTER, DeMontfort Hall
Wed 10th CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena
Fri 12th BIRMINGHAM, Resorts World Arena
Sat 13th LONDON, Eventim Apollo
Sun 14th BOURNEMOUTH, BIC
Tue 16th BRIGHTON, Brighton Centre
Wed 17th OXFORD, New Theatre
Fri 19th MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
Sat 20th MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
Sun 21st LIVERPOOL, Empire
Tue 23rd LIVERPOOL, Eventim Olympia