22 February 2009Philharmonic Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
"ORCHESTRAL Manoeuvres In The Dark will share the stage with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra later this year.
"The group's Wirral-born founding members Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys will perform their greatest hits and their music and video installation, The Energy Suite, during the show at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Saturday, June 20. Conducting the orchestra will be Clark Rundell.
"Looking ahead to the show, Andy told the Globe: “It's a big screen with a 75-piece orchestra and a wonderful opportunity to perform at the Philharmonic Hall.
"Playing with the Liverpool Phil is something that is so far removed from where we started out and it’s a terribly exciting prospect."
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography