ORCHESTRALOne of the biggest bands in Europe currently, which also has been entrenched on the U.S. disco charts with "Enola Gay," Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (or OMID for short) is the type of class act that doesn't come along often.
IN THE DARK
Whisky, Los Angeles
The quartet's brand of electronic pop is different from the other acts in the genre, such as Gary Numan and Kraftwerk, in that it fuses real rock'n'roll passion with the icy textures of the music.
Fronted by the manic bassist/vocalist Andy McCluskey, who twists and turns to the music as if he is a tightly wound yo yo, the group played a 65-minute, 16-song set that spanned several styles April 15. From the Noel Coward-styled "Motion and Heart," the ice floe cold "Statues" and the frantic remake of the old standard "The More I See You," the group proved that electronic is not necessarily synonumous with emotionless.
An electronic trio, Our Daughter's Wedding from New York, which had a disco hit with "Lawnchairs," opened the show. While not as deep or impassioned as OMID, the eight-song, 35-minute set was entertaining and danceable.