Manchester Orchestra is: Andy Hull - Vocals, Guitar Jonathan Corley - Bass Chris Freeman - Keyboards, Vocals Robert McDowell - Guitar
Manchester Orchestra is an American indie rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2005. The group is made up of rhythm guitarist-singer-songwriter Andy Hull, lead guitarist Robert McDowell, keyboardist and percussionist Chris Freeman, bassist Jonathan Corley and, currently, replacement drummer Len Clark. Former drummer Jeremiah Edmond parted ways with the band in January 2010 to focus on his family as well as running the band's record label, Favorite Gentlemen.
Albums 2004: Nobody Sings Anymore (Never officially released) 2006: I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child 2009: Mean Everything to Nothing
EPs 2004: 5 Stories 2005: You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, but Brilliance Needs a Good Editor 2008: Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind 2009: Fourteen Years of Excellence 2009: The MySpace Transmissions: Manchester Orchestra 2009: Live at Park Ave 2010: I Could Be The Only One
Acoustic version of the their big hit:
Shout out to my hometown radio station hosting the band:
I have not seen the band perform and I am having trouble describing the sound, so I share the following:
The Daily Free Press
The saddest kids in Georgia By Joe Difazio
| Published: Sunday, March 28, 2010
Updated: Monday, March 29, 2010
Imagine The Dear Hunter fronted by Conor Oberst, except Conor Oberst is a burly, bearded lumberjack with a southern twang, named Andy. Now you have Manchester Orchestra. The band started five years ago with singer Andy Hull, who spent his final year of high school being home-schooled because he felt alienated from his small Christian Georgia high school. While at home, he began writing and started to gather some of his friends to form Manchester Orchestra.
The band’s music often displays that feeling of alienation, in addition to angst, anger and confusion. The songs, especially on its latest album, 2009’s Mean Everything To Nothing, are frantic. They toggle between a sad calm, with Hull sounding like he is barely hanging on, to high gear rock thrash, with Hull howling angrily.
Mean Everything To Nothing is a two-part album. The first is dedicated to teen angst and the confusion of becoming an adult, while the second part is devoted to redemption and self-evaluation. Hull describes the album as having the feeling that "things are not OK, I am not OK, and there's a beauty in that –– a calming, a forgiveness." The tracks convey that feeling with their crunchy pedals and sweeping arena rock choruses.
The songs are also filled with Southern mannerisms and descriptions of Hull’s awkward relationship with God, and the familial guilt that comes from that, especially because Hull is the son of a preacher.
Manchester Orchestra doesn’t make happy music. Despite that, their live shows are filled with humor and energy. The soft-spoken Hull often cracks awkward jokes in his Georgian accent, and the band also has a song about its love for 50 Cent. Epic guitar riffs, screaming, God and 50 Cent. What more could you ask for?