Andy Hull is on the latest episode of Matt Pryor's podcast, Nothing to Write Home About. He talks about the new project Manchester Orchestra is working on right now as a "completely alternate version of Cope," called Hope. He says they're "stripping the songs down and re-doing them." He also mentions that he's "mixing lyrics up and writing songs and melodies differently" and that it'll be "its own thing." He says it'll be released in November. He also says they will be touring on this alternate version and will be playing in old churches and venues like that. You can hear the audio starting around 48:35 on the podcast.
Hey everybody. We’ve been in the studio for the last month working hard on something special. We can’t quite announce it yet but stay tuned for details. Before all that we have some festivals and summer shows coming up. We would love to see you out there. Thank you again for your endless support. See you soon! – Andy
Catch up with the latest episodes of Manchester Orchestra's new web-series by hitting the replies and watching episodes 2 and 3 of "Magic Moments with Manchester Orchestra." This time around we see movie reviews, an intervention, more "Inside Andy Prince" and acoustic performances of tracks from COPE.
Watch a new webisode from Manchester Orchestra titled Magic Moments with Manchester Orchestra Vol. 1 in the replies. The first video in their new web series looks at the band's studio during the recording of Cope as well some interviews, acoustic performances and more...much more.
Manchester Orchestra's pummeling new album, Cope, drops April 1st, and the band has given a lengthy interview about their recording process and inspiration. Check out the article here, and look for our review nearer to the album's release date.
“We had a band meeting about it, and all five of us said, ‘Let’s make something super heavy, something where the guitars are as powerful as the drums and it never slows down—a no-holds-barred rock record.’"
The lyrics for me were far more self help than self loathing, they were more about trying to get through the bullshit and kind of continue on and I think that’s something in life that everybody does in different ways and you cope in different ways and sometimes there are good ways and bad ways. I felt like when I was trying to come up with a title for the record, I’d asked people what they thought of the word cope and every single person I asked would have a different meaning, I liked that idea in the lyrics that people could interpret them in different ways from each other...
Andy Hull, Robert McDowell (as Gobotron) and Chris Freeman (as Alaska) have all released solo tracks on the upcoming charity album Fadeaway Records 10: Friends. Proceeds will benefit cancer research, and the album drops February 25th. You can learn more and hear the three tracks right here.
Check out a video interview with Manchester Orchestra in the replies. Looks like the new album will be named Cope and will be released most likely on April 1, 2014. Andy also hints at an upcoming tour with Kevin Devine.
Last night at Manchester Orchestra's sold out NYC show, the band played a couple of new songs (one of which was "Cope." Both songs were very loud and very catchy.) Before one of them, Andy Hull announced to the crowd a cryptic and possibly sarcastic statement, which is paraphrased below.
We have a new record that's never going to come out. But if it did come out, this song would be on it.
Hopefully this is just Mr. Hull messing with us, but who knows. Either way, check out the band's tour dates for the rest of the year, and recordings of some of their new songs live, in the replies.
Manchester Orchestra re-posted a trilogy of videos from a 24-hour drive in a van from their 2007 tour. Featured prominently in the insanity are Kevin Devine and Brand New's Jesse Lacey. The band head out on their first tour in a while very soon, and dates can be seen here. Check out all of the videos in the replies to reacquaint yourself with ManOrch on the road.