Don’t Miss: Future Islands @ The Anthem, 9/28/18

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Future Islands (Photo courtesy 4AD)

Future Islands make a long-awaited return to DC to perform at The Anthem on Friday, Sept. 28. Frontman Samuel Herring and company have been on the road a lot since the release of The Far Field, their fifth studio album, in 2017 via 4AD, but we haven’t seen them in DC city limits since a show at 9:30 Club several years ago!

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Music Park: Top 10 Concerts of 2017 by David

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Lee Ranaldo kicks off a year of great music at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Jan. 20, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

The year 2017 has been full of contradictions. For many, myself included, it was a year filled with uncertainty and frustration, but to a certain degree it also woke people up. And the music that was created was some of the best in years.

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Interview: Andy McCluskey of OMD (@ Wolf Trap, 6/15/16)

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Andy McCluskey (left) and Paul Humphreys of OMD (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)

As a champion of new wave music in general and synthesizers specifically, one of my biggest musical heroes is Andy McCluskey, frontman for the groundbreaking British synthpop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). A decade ago, Andy reunited with collaborator Paul Humphreys and relaunched the classic OMD lineup, which has been publishing new albums in recent years. And here in the United States, OMD remains celebrated for ‘80s singles such as “Enola Gay,” “So in Love,” and of course “If You Leave” (the band’s contribution to the soundtrack of the John Hughes film Pretty in Pink).

I had the singular honor of chatting with Andy recently about OMD’s upcoming tour of America, recent projects (including a new OMD album in the making), and matters of state in the European Union! [We also discussed more politics, but I cut some of that in favor of length and focus.]

Mickey McCarter: Hello, Andy!

Andy McCluskey: Mickey, hello again, how are you?

MM: Great! How are you?

AM: Great! I just got home from a very successful concert in Stockholm over the weekend, and the sun is shining in England, so all is good. [OMD played in Stockholm recently on May 21.]

MM: Fantastic! Since you mention that concert, you’ve been doing quite a bit of live album shows and releases, and that all seems to be going very well.

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