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Video: Manchester Orchestra – The Sunshine

Manchester OrchestraManchester Orchestra has premiered a new music video from their recently released new album.  The video features the song “The Sunshine” and the album is titled A Black Mile to the Surface, which was released back on July 28th via Loma Vista Recordings.

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Manchester Orchestra – The Moth

Manchester OrchestraManchester Orchestra has premiered a new song from their next album.  The song is titled “The Moth” and the album will be titled A Black Mile to the Surface, which is set to drop on July 28, 2017 via Loma Vista Recordings.

Listen to the song below.

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Video: Manchester Orchestra – The Alien

Manchester OrchestraManchester Orchestra has premiered a new music video from their recently announced next album.  The video features the song “The Alien” and the album will be titled A Black Mile to the Surface, which is set to drop on July 28, 2017 via Loma Vista Recordings.

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Manchester Orchestra Announce New LP; Stream First Track

Manchester OrchestraManchester Orchestra has announced details for their next album.  The album will be titled A Black Mile to the Surface, and is set to drop on July 28, 2017 via Loma Vista Recordings.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has debuted the new song, “The Gold,” which can be heard below.

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All Get Out

Nobody Likes A Quitter

Bad Timing Records / Favourite Gentleman Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Nobody Likes A Quitter is the new album from All Get Out, it will be released via Bad Timing Records and Favourite Gentlemen Recordings tomorrow, October 28th. It’s been a long wait for the follow up to their 2011 full length, The Season, this latest release was produced and co-written by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, both of whom are members of the Manchester Orchestra, who along with Nathan Hussey have collaborated to create an anthemic indie record that will presumably appeal greatly to fans of both bands. However for those who are unfamiliar with the work of either artist we need to explore Nobody Likes A Quitter.

Room To Talk opens proceedings and it does it in fine style, it varies between a plodding indie style, that is augmented by sparkling keyboards, and an upbeat chorus that boasts a much heavier guitar sound, the two parts are in contrast to each other yet they fit together perfectly. Home is a consistently frantic number that features a staccato drum beat with an offbeat timing that makes the song a slightly challenging listen, but this is a powerful track that well and truly kickstarts the album into life. Chasing Skirt is delivered in a more straight forward style that features a strident drum beat and Whatever is a great anthemic indie rock number. The album takes a well earned breather at the half way mark with the haunting Empty Nest, the latter half of the album is another five tracks of contrasting styles and influences, including the wonderful Now You Got It, that mirrors the initial handful of tracks by bowing out on a mellow note.

Firstly it must be said that Nobody Likes A Quitter has been superbly produced by the members of the Manchester Orchestra and what this collaboration has delivered is a varied and well crafted album that has something for pretty much everyone, from the punkier influences, through soulful introspective moments,  there’s even a country twang that creeps in here and there, and obviously there’s a healthy dose of indie rock that is an almost omnipresent influence. I can honestly say I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this album as much as I did,  Nobody Likes A Quitter is damn fine release that is the result of a collaboration between two artists, between them they have produced an album that is stronger than either of their previous works. Five years is a long time to wait for an album, but I can safely say that Nobody Likes A Quitter was worth it.

Nobody Likes A Quitter can be ordered via Bad Timing Records here

Manchester Orchestra – Hope

Manchester OrchestraAtlanta-based band Manchester Orchestra has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “The Ocean” from their latest album, Hope, released earlier this week through Loma Vista Recordings / Favorite Gentlemen Recordings.  It serves as the companion disc to April’s Cope.

Watch the video here.

Manchester Orchestra - Hope

Manchester Orchestra

Hope

Favourite Gentlemen / Loma Vista Recordings
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

With the release of their self-identified “rock” album, Cope, Manchester Orchestra took the next step in their ongoing journey of developing a heavier sound.  But that trend is at least mildly concerning, if only for that nagging part of me craving some sort of return to the dank, moody post-punk exposition that started it all in Like A Virgin Losing a Child.  But it’s hard to fault them, especially since Manchester Orchestra has matured and evolved all the while remaining true to their experimental beginnings.  

That’s why the unannounced release of Cope’s companion album, Hope, comes as such a shocker.  Serving as a spiritual mirror that inverts Cope’s brash melodies into soft piano based counterparts, Hope indulges that selfish, greedy part of fans yearning for a glimmer of the band’s past.  

Andy Hulls ‘s melancholy moan creaks open Cope like a curious child hoping for a glimpse of a gift they never thought they’d receive.  His voice was practically made for this hushed side of the spectrum, and hearing it glide in on “Top Notch” above a sullen piano laden atmosphere makes for an incredibly fulfilling experience.  Never hurried, the soundscape builds heavenly choruses through ghostly “oohhh’s,” receding into darkness with little more than Hull’s whispering echo.  Manchester Orchestra makes good on the platform to do more with less.

Hope is a group effort, and despite existing on a minimalist plane, the entire band contributes meaningfully.  Take the layered vocal harmonies of “Choose You.”  On his own, Hull sounds like a tired and lonely soul, but his bandmates chime in with various styles and tones for a host of purposes.  Some sing in unison to emphasize vital words or phrases; others back particular instrumental segments with light and flowing “ahhh’s,” and still others harmonize somewhere in the middle.  Put bluntly and somewhat misleadingly, it’s like emo a capella but with a light musical backing.  They’re the type of communicative vocal refinements that are typically expected from bands like Brand New.

In many ways, Hope plays a safe game and the songs tend to saturate on the same wavelength – but they do so while maintaining plenty of standout segments and momentum.  One of the most striking full band variants, “Ocean,” retains its status as a single-worthy tune but for very different reasons (the once crunchy chorus now stands as an exemplar of soft relief).  Similarly, the formerly forward and catchy resonance of “All I Really Wanted” reestablishes itself as one of the most subdued of the bunch.  And of course there are tracks that were less remarkable in Cope that truly shine on Hope.  For instance, “Indentions” smooths out its counterpart’s choppy chorus with pulsing chords and a delicate vocal cushion, while “See It Again’s” Gregorian-like chant burrows itself deep in memory without a note aside from the band’s collective vocals.

Think of Hope as a fading, remorseful memory of Cope.  The immediacy of the moment may have passed, but the thoughts and emotions have deepened with time.  Perhaps the album’s atmosphere reflects learning to have “hope” when overcoming one’s grief-struck issues rather than simply accepting and coping with them.  Regardless, Manchester Orchestra more than justifies the coexistence of Cope with Hope, once again cementing their reputation as masters of introspective, emotive output.  Those that held out hope for Manchester Orchestra’s eventual return to their roots may most appreciate Hope, but the high caliber of musicianship means that it should easily be more widely received.

Tours: Manchester Orchestra / Kevin Devine / Bad Books

Manchester OrchestraManchester OrchestraKevin Devine, and Bad Books have announced that they will be tour this Fall.  Manchester Orchestra continues to support their recent full length, Cope, and Kevin Devine continues to support last year’s double albums, Bulldozer Bubblegum.  

Tour dates are available below.

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Magic Moments With Manchester Orchestra Vol. 1

Manchester OrchestraAtlanta-based band Manchester Orchestra has released the first in a series of video previews, Magic Moments With Manchester Orchestra Vol. 1. for their upcoming album.  The first video features a look in the recording studio along with a tour and acoustic session.

Watch the video below. 

The band’s upcoming album is titled Cope and is due out on April 1, 2014 through Loma Vista Recordings / Favorite Gentlemen Recordings.  The band produced the album alongside Dan Hannon, which was mixed by John Agnello at Fluxivity Studios in Brooklyn. The album follow’s 2011’s Simple Math.

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Manchester Orchestra Announce Next Full Length

ManchesterAtlanta-based band Manchester Orchestra has announced release details for their next full length.  The album will be titled Cope and is due out on April 1, 2014 through Loma Vista Recordings / Favorite Gentlemen Recordings.  The band produced the album alongside Dan Hannon, which was mixed by John Agnello at Fluxivity Studios in Brooklyn. The album follow’s 2011’s Simple Math.

The first single, “Top Notch,” can be streamed and downloaded here.

 

Manchester Orchestra has also announced a two-month headlining tour of North America.  Tour dates are available below.

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Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math

Manchester Orchestra

Simple Math

Columbia Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Manchester Orchestra largely cornered the post-punk market after their first couple albums.  I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child and Mean Everything To Nothing are a couple of the least marketable works on a major label like Columbia, but they’re critical success seems to suffice in keeping them producing a high caliber of work and convincing the powers that be to maintain their place on their mainstream home.   That the band has been given such creative freedom means that someone, somewhere, in a towering corporate office somewhere actually understands that you can’t shape talent – it shapes itself.

Now on their third major label release, Simple MathManchester Orchestra has reached the point of self-assurance accompanying two consecutive successes. Prior releases found the quartet playing to and exposing their vulnerabilities, but their latest addresses a newfound self-confidence.  Simple Math by no means sacrifices the subtle nuances that hinge on Manchester Orchestra’s success, but now sits with notable poise, speaking and playing with a newfound volume.

You just get he impression that Simple Math sounds exactly like songwriter Andy Hull intended at any given moment – like a celebrated marksman taking aim at unmoving targets, each shot rings out and lands with unquestioned authority.  “Deer” opens the album with what serves as a soft prelude.  Infused with a hint of rural simplicity, Hull writes what seems to be an open letter to fans and friends (“Dear Everybody That Has Paid to See My Band, it’s still confusing, we’ll never understand”), confessing that their band history is not deserving of mass attention.

But rather than fight their feelings, the group barrels ahead with “Mighty,” introducing listeners to the group’s deepest, most crunching riffs to date.  Played with a hint of anger, Hull takes the entire three minute track to spout out self defeating antonyms building on their previous defeatist sentiment (“Cats Cradle and hail to the Rat King/Teeth sharpened on our broken bones/Look straight in the eyes of the hopeless/You can’t swing if you don’t use your arms/It’s not like I was lost for a purpose/lost purpose and purposefully froze”).  “April Fool” feeds off the same feverous outbursts, but this time embracing a lifetime of predestined (“I was born an April fool/Full of gold to a brothel”) confrontation (“Leaves are dead but I am here/Waiting on another good year, I’ve come around this time to set fire to your homes/And let you go!”).  Such tracks are bold while maintaining emotional attachment.

If this sounds out of the ordinary, and as if Manchester Orchestra has cast astray some of their most unique elements, then I feel your plight.  However, I’d urge you to reserve judgment until all ten tracks run their course.  As it turns out, the majority of the most classically aligned material rests on the concluding half of the album.  For instance, in “Pensacola” and “Pale Black Eye” traces of synth, acoustic flutters, and a Death Cab For Cutie softness surfaces.  The best example of the intense mood the band is known for comes with the sweeping, very Brand New influenced mood of “Virgin.”  “We built this house with our hands, and our time, and our blood You build this up in one day to fall downward and rust” a chilling chant of child vocals opens, guides, and closes the atmospheric masterpiece.

The title track follows, boasting all the essential qualities of a song defining a complete work by name. One of the most vocally memorable comes in the passage “Simple math, it’s why our bodies even lay here/Sinful math, the truth cannot be fractioned/What if you were crazy, would we have to listen then?”  Questioning the limits of science and spirituality against a sorrowful string section, the song opens up a Pandora’s box of existential topics.

Confident and able, Simple Math finds Manchester Orchestra experimenting with their louder side.  Some may be anxious about the new direction, but change is a positive trend shared amongst most long lasting post-hardcore bands.  Thirce, Brand New, and Thursday have all gone through various incarnations, and look at them now.  Simple Math marks a unique step in what is already a creatively fulfilling career.

Bassist Leaves Manchester Orchestra

ManchesterManchester Orchestra has amicably parted ways with long time bassist Jonathan Corley.  His statement follows:

After much thought and consideration, I’ve made the decision to end my career with Manchester Orchestra. The past nine years have been an incredible journey and this was absolutely one of the most difficult decisions I’ve made. I am very proud of what we accomplished together and cannot wait to see where the band goes from here. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work and tour with a wide range of talented and supportive people and I will carry these experiences with me for the rest of my life. I would sincerely like to thank all of the fans, friends, family, and bands that have offered overwhelming support throughout the years. I am very excited to begin the next chapter of life. Thank you for the wonderful years and experiences.

The band last released Simple Math back in 2011 via Favorite Gentlmen.

Manchester Orchestra Teaser Clip From The Studio

Manchester Orchestra has released a teaser video clip of them in the studio working on their next full length.  The album will serve as their follow up to Simple Math, which hit stores earlier this year via Favorite Gentlmen.

Watch the clip here.

Video: Manchester Orchestra – Virgin

Manchester Orchestra has released a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Virgin,” from their latest release, Simple Math, which hit stores earlier this year via Favorite Gentlmen.

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Video: Manchester Orchestra – Where Have You Been (Live)

Manchester Orchestra recently played their new song “Where Have You Been” during a live show in Atlanta.  The track was uniquely performed with members of Cage The Elephant and O’Brother.  The song comes from the band’s recently released full length, Simple Math, released earlier this year by Virgin Records.

Watch the performance below.

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Tours: Blink 182 w/ My Chemical Romance, Rancid, Against Me!, Manchester Orchestra, Matt & Kim

Blink 182Despite postponing their planned European tour for this summer, Blink 182 have announced plans for a lengthy North American tour that will see a wide ranger of opening acts on various legs of the tour. The tour, which kicks off on August 5 at Holmdel, NJ and runs until October 15th, will see the band headlining the Honda Civic Tour with My Chemical Romance for most of it.  The US tour will see Manchester Orchestra as the opening act for the first leg of the tour while Matt & Kim will be on the second leg of the tour.

Right smack in the middle of the US tour, Blink 182 will hop up into Canada for a six day Western Canadian tour with Rancid and Against Me!.

All the dates are below.

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Tours: Blink 182 w/ My Chemical Romance, Rancid, Against Me!, Manchester Orchestra, Matt & Kim

Blink 182Despite postponing their planned European tour for this summer, Blink 182 have announced plans for a lengthy North American tour that will see a wide ranger of opening acts on various legs of the tour. The tour, which kicks off on August 5 at Holmdel, NJ and runs until October 15th, will see the band headlining the Honda Civic Tour with My Chemical Romance for most of it.  The US tour will see Manchester Orchestra as the opening act for the first leg of the tour while Matt & Kim will be on the second leg of the tour.

Right smack in the middle of the US tour, Blink 182 will hop up into Canada for a six day Western Canadian tour with Rancid and Against Me!.

All the dates are below.

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Manchester Orchestra Stream Simple Math

Manchester Orchestra has launched a full stream of their entire new album Simple Math. The album is scheduled to drop May 10, 2011 on Perfect Gentlemen Records.  However, fans must complete a puzzle to unlock the stream.  The disc follows 2009’s critically acclaimed Mean Everything To Nothing.

Listen to the album in its entirety here.

Video: Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math

Indie powerhouse Manchester Orchestra has premiered a brand new video.  The video features their current single, “Simple Math,” which comes from their album of the same title, scheduled to drop May 10, 2011 on Perfect Gentlemen Records.

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Tours: Manchester Orchestra Co-Headlining With Cage The Elephant

Manchester Orchestra has announced that they will be co-headlining an upcoming tour with Cage The Elephant.  The tour comes in support of their upcoming album, Simple Math, which is currently set for a May 11, 2011 release via Favorite Gentlemen Record. The album serves as the follow up to 2009’s Mean Everything To Nothing.  The tour also includes support from O’Brother, and solo dates with AN HORSE and Harrison Hudson.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Manchester Orchestra Releases Track Listing

Following Manchester Orchestra‘s recent album announcement, the band has released a full rack listing for the upcoming album.  Their upcoming album is titled Simple Math, and is currently set for a May 11, 2011 release via Favorite Gentlemen Records, and serves as the follow up to 2009’s Mean Everything To Nothing.

Full track listing can be found below.

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Manchester Orchestra Announces New Album

Manchester Orchestra has announced details regarding their upcoming third studio full length.  The album will be titled Simple Math, and is currently set for a May 11, 2011 release via Favorite Gentlemen Records, and serves as the follow up to 2009’s Mean Everything To Nothing.  The offering is a concept album, which frontman Andy Hull explains:

“This record is two dueling conversations between me and my wife, and me and my God… Sometimes even for myself, it’s difficult to decipher which one I’m actually talking to. Everything I’ve written in the past has been about those things. This album is the most realized form of my questioning.”

The band has yet to release cover art of track listing.

Bad Books; New Project From Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra

Bad Books, the new project from Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra have announced they will be releasing a self-titled debut album October 19th on Manchester Orchestra’s own record label: Favorite Gentlemen Recordings. The album was engineered by Manchester Orchestra’s Robert McDowell and mixed by Chris Bracco of Kevin Devine’s Goddamn Band. Streaming of the new song “You Wouldn’t Have to Ask” can be found at Bad Books’ Facebook page.

Bad Books will be embarking on a select few tour dates on the east coast this fall. Pre-sale tickets started yesterday at noon on BadBooks.DucatKing.com. Every order placed through this pre-sale comes with two free digital Bad Books tracks, to be delivered via email.

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Videos: Manchester Orchestra Posts Tracking Footage

Post-punk group Manchester Orchestra is hard at work readying their next album.  In the meantime, they’re offering fans an inside look at via TwitVid of the tracking process.

Watch the short clip below.


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Contests: Win Tickets To See Thrice and Manchester Orchestra

ThriceThrice and Manchester Orchestra are set to begin their tour next month in Manchester Orchestra’s hometown of Atlanta. To promote the series of shows, Vagrant Records and Hurley are teaming up to give away a pair of tickets to a show of your choosing, Thrice’s full Vagrant catalog, and Hurley merchandise.

Enter the contest here.

Thrice And Manchester Orchestra Co-headline Tour

Tour DatesStarting in April and running through mid May, Thrice and Manchester Orchestra will be heading out together for a co-headlining US tour.

The dates can be found below.


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