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.
Grouplove and Frightened Rabbit have both teamed up with Manchester Orchestra to release a very special 12-inch single for Record Store Day. The release, which features the Manchester Orchestra/Grouplove collaboration "Make It To Me" and the Manchester Orchestra/Frightened Rabbit collaboration "Architect," will be available Saturday, April 20th at participating independent record stores. Check the replies for the full press release.
KD: Well theyíre notÖ The Jesse one is a rock record and itís like a ROCK record. More than anything Iíve ever worked on so far.
AH: Yeah itís bloodthirsty. Sick. It is. Iíve only heard really bad sounding demos, but itís a version of Kevin. Itís a version of him thatís kind of this punky, bloodthirsty, loud rock thing. And you can hear the Jesse influence. Thereís this section that goes to half time in one of these songs that I really like. It was totally a momment...
The Dear Hunter performing "Deny It All" with some help from Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull can be found on PasteMagazine. This clip comes from The Dear Hunter's forthcoming DVD, The Color Spectrum Live, which is set for release on March 12th.
In a recent interview, Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit mentioned that he has been working on some material with Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, and that fans can expect to see a single from the new project on Record Store Day (April 20th). He also mentioned that a full-length could possibly be in the works.
Another time for change has come in the life of Manchester Orchestra. Our dear friend and bassist Jonathan Corley has made the decision to part ways with the band and pursue another career outside of playing music. This was a very obviously a very difficult decision but J is our eternal brother and we wish him the absolute best. There is no doubt that he will find success in any area he pursues. He will remain a part of the Manchester Orchestra family forever and there is no way we can thank him enough for the time he has spent with us over the last 9 years.
Kevin Devine and Andy Hull didn't want Bad Books to be a one time thing, and with Bad Books II, they're also showing it's not a one trick pony. Today we're bringing you the premiere of "It Never Stops," which can be heard in the replies. The song carries like an angsty Wilco cut found on a Ryan Adams record. Let us know what you think in the replies. Pre-orders for the album can be found here.
Manchester Orchestra have created a really cool opportunity to let fans sing the chorus of "Virgin" with them from their recent record Simple Math. Head over to the band's Facebook page to learn how you can upload your vocals and be part of the band.
Last week I sat back and had two songwriters talk about their albums this year. Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) and Chris Conley (Saves the Day) reflected on their new albums (Simple Math and Daybreak respectively), careers and differences in songwriting processes and inspiration. The full interview can be read here.