The thing you should know, first and foremost, about Gary Numan: He’s a showman. And his showmanship was on full display in a nearly sold-out show at 9:30 Club on Saturday.
Jesse Clasen and Jacob Michael formed Foreign Air in North Carolina, and the duo have found a home in DC. Foreign Air recently released “Lying,” a new single, and they are on a co-headlining tour with SHAED that visits Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday, Dec. 8.
Synth pioneer Gary Numan released Savage (Songs from a Broken World), his remarkable 21st album, on Sept. 15 via BMG. The record entered the UK Album Chart at #2, making it his highest charting album since Telekon in 1980.
Gary will conduct a North American tour to accompany the album release, and he will play at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Dec. 9. You can win tickets to see them with Parklife DC by joining a free raffle at Dodge City on Thursday, Nov. 9 — tomorrow!
The brilliant Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) released The Punishment of Luxury, their 13th studio album, on Sept. 1 via 100% Records subsidiary White Noise. The album fared very well commercially, hitting #4 on the UK Albums chart as well as #7 on the US Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
I had the genuine pleasure of again chatting with Andy McCluskey, vocalist, bassist, keyboardist, and songwriter for OMD, as the band will launch a North American Tour with a performance at 9:30 Club on March 6, 2018. (It’s not officially announced by 9:30 Club yet, but buy your tickets online here.)
In our chat, Andy provides insights into songs on The Punishment of Luxury, shares his feelings on recent work by Gary Numan and New Order, and reveals artists (with some surprises) with whom OMD would like to collaborate (particularly as they approach their 40th anniversary as a band).
I babbled a bit more than usual because he’s a personal hero, and as such my interview covered a lot of ground. I’ve edited the order of the questions to improve their logical flow and trimmed them where necessary for brevity. (Also, perhaps read our previous Parklife DC interview with Andy McCluskey from May 2016.)
Electronic duo Boy Harsher performed at DC9 on Sunday on the heels of releasing Country Girl, their latest EP, on Oct. 13 via Ascetic House. Augustus Miller and Jae Matthews played some of their latest dark electronic music in a very satisfying show on a brief US tour that takes them to Kingston, New York, tonight.
Hailing from Copenhagen, dark electronic trio Lust for Youth landed at the Cloak and Dagger Festival in Los Angeles on Oct. 21. Paivi was on hand to take some pictures.