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Manchester Orchestra

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As led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Andy Hull, the maturity of Manchester Orchestra's songwriting belied thefactthatthebandmemberswerebarelylegal when their group sprung into existence. Based in Atlanta, GA, the indie rockoutfitgrewoutof songs that Hull had begunwriting whileattendinghigh school. Encouraged by positive response, heoptedforhomeschooling during his senior year, which afforded himenough time to composeandrecord in thestudio.Friendsbegancollaborating with him over time, and Manchester Orchestra soon solidifiedinto a triocomprisedofHull,bass ...read more

From allmusic.com.

As led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Andy Hull, the maturity of Manchester Orchestra's songwriting belied thefactthatthebandmemberswerebarelylegal when their group sprung into existence. Based in Atlanta, GA, the indie rockoutfitgrewoutof songs that Hull had begunwriting whileattendinghigh school. Encouraged by positive response, heoptedforhomeschooling during his senior year, which afforded himenough time to composeandrecord in thestudio.Friendsbegancollaborating with him over time, and Manchester Orchestra soon solidifiedinto a triocomprisedofHull,bassistJonathanCorley, and drummer Jeremiah Edmond.

Hull's songwriting noticeably progressed with the addition of his friends, and the band courted its first fans withanEPrelease.YouBrainstorm,IBrainstorm, But Brilliance Needs a Good Editor thus appeared in 2005 through theband'sownlabel,Favorite GentlemenRecordings. With the EPout,Manchester Orchestra began playing shows around theSoutheastandaddedkeyboardist Chris Freeman to themix. Buzz about the band's musicbegancreating a stir beyond the Atlantacitylimits,andthe guys were invited to play slots at the South bySouthwest and Lollapalooza festivals in 2006beforebeginningtoworkontheir full-length album that summer. The resulting I'm Like aVirgin Losing a Child was issued by theyear'send,offeringupapoignant collection of memorable hooks and thoughtful narratives thatshowcased a similar style to actsliketheWeakerthansand DeathCab forCutie.

Eventually, studio intern turned guitarist Robert McDowell joined the lineup permanently, and as a steadybuzzcontinuedtogrow —especially onInternetblogs — Manchester Orchestra snagged an opening spot on Brand New's largelysold-out tourinspring 2007. Theincreased exposure caughtthe interestof Canvasback Recordings, which reissued theband'sdebutalbumthat summer. A second EP, LetMy Pride Be What's Left Behind, followedin October2008, and the bandremained inthestudioduring the subsequent months to perfect itssophomore album. Released in 2009, MeanEverything toNothingfoundthebandworking alongside producer Joe Chiccarelli, famous for hiswork with the Shins and My Morning Jacket. « hide

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LPs
Cope
2014

3.5
288 Votes
Simple Math
2011

3.9
898 Votes
Mean Everything to Nothing
2009

4
1,232 Votes
I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
2006

3.9
702 Votes
EPs
Fourteen Years Of Excellence
2009

3.6
61 Votes
Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind EP/DVD
2008

3.8
52 Votes
Wolves At Night
2007

4.2
3 Votes
You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance...
2005

3.7
56 Votes
5 Stories
2004

3.8
35 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Park Ave.
2009

3.5
10 Votes
Compilations
Hope
2014

3.6
64 Votes
Nobody Sings Anymore
2004

3.4
107 Votes

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