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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 drummer Jeremiah Edmond.
To date they have released several extended plays and two studio albums to critical praise ??? I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child (2006) and Mean Everything to Nothing (2009). They are currently signed to independent record label Favorite Gentlemen Recordings which is distributed through Sony Music Entertainment.
Manchester Orchestra originated in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Feeling increasingly alienated at his “small-town-Georgia, Christian high school” named Providence Christian Academy, in suburban Atlanta, the band’s lead singer Andy Hull became so frustrated that he spent his senior year studying at home. He also wrote and recorded his first full length album in 2004 while studying his last high school year.
Early in their career, the band recorded an album entitled Nobody Sings Anymore; however, it was never released due to the shift in the band’s musical direction and personal changes undergone following its recording. The band stated that “the band that made the record was different to the band now.” That being said, it may be released at some point in the future. Some of the tracks written for the album were instead released on You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, but Brilliance Needs a Good Editor.
Following the EP, Manchester Orchestra recorded and released their debut album I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child. This album gained the attention of the music industry, and eventually led to their signing with Canvasback. The album was released nationwide July 27, 2007. Guitarist Robert McDowell did not appear on this album.
The band worked in the studio recording their second EP, Let My Pride Be What’s Left Behind, with producer Dan Hannon and engineer Brad Fisher. It was released October 7, 2008.
In early September the band reported on their Myspace blog that they had begun recording their second LP entitled Mean Everything to Nothing with producer Joe Chicarrelli (The Shins, My Morning Jacket). On February 4, 2009, the band posted a link to a free download of the single “I’ve Got Friends” and performed an acoustic version at The Fly???s In The Courtyard Sessions. The album was released April 21, 2009.
Their single “Wolves At Night”, was featured in the video game NHL 08.
On January 26th 2010, the band released a split EP with Kevin Devine entitled “I Could Be The Only One“.
On January 27, 2011, the band announced that their third full-length studio album, Simple Math, would be released on May 10, 2011, and not in March 2011, as previously reported, as well as announcing the album’s tracklist. It was also revealed that the album is set to be a concept album.
In the fall of 2011, the band will join Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance for part of the 2011 Honda Civic Tour.