MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA DATES ANNOUNCED FOR SEPTEMBER

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA DATES ANNOUNCED FOR SEPTEMBER

LOMA VISTA/FAVORITE GENTLEMEN RECORDINGS

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA NEW ALBUM ‘COPE’  + SPRING 2014 HEADLINE UK TOUR SOLD OUT –

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“A soaring self-production which plays to their windswept strengths.” 4/5, Q Magazine

“These songs are as bold as and in-your-face as the title emblazoned on the cover and, god damn, they’re superb.” 4/5, Fake DIY

“At just 38 minutes long, Cope has hooks and energy to spare.” NME

“If you’ve been waiting for a back to basics rock and roll album to shake the cobwebs from between your ears, then look no further than this barnstorming 4h album from the grizzled rockers.” 8/10, Subba Cultcha

“Every record they craft [is] a genuine wonder of catchiness coupled with the unexpected and intertwined with heartbreaking honesty.” 10/10, Big Cheese

“The Songwriting is strong. And the quintet manage big, meaty anthems created from a palette of reverb-charged guitars, heavy drums and bile-infused vocals.” The Sun, Something For The Weekend

“The way Hull holds the word ‘believe’ over the coursing guitars of ‘Trees’ says it all, while the title track lumbers out of the traps like a monster brandishing broken chains.”  Classic Rock

 

Manchester Orchestra will release COPE on March 31st, 2014 through their recent partnership with Loma Vista Recordings and their very own Favourite Gentlemen Recordings. The new full-length album from the Atlanta-based band was self-produced alongside their long-time collaborating partner Dan Hannon, and mixed by John Agnello at Fluxivity Studios in Brooklyn. They recorded the entire record in the home studio they built themselves after six months spent gutting and refurbishing the old house they used to live in together. The follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2011 album Simple Math, Cope is an unrelenting and unapologetically heavy 38 minutes of rock.

 

Manchester Orchestra found itself at a crossroads as they approached making their fourth studio album – in between labels and uncertain of the future for the first time since lead singer and songwriter Andy Hull started the band as a teenager almost a decade ago. He was barely finished with high school back then, and as they started writing, Hull and his band mates found themselves transitioning into the adult reality that shit happens. “Cope, to me, means getting by. It means letting go, and being OK with being OK,” says Hull. “You can cope in a positive way when bad things happen, or a negative way, and that blend was a big lyrical theme for me on this album.”

 

The behemoth title track ‘Cope’ was written during one of the earliest sessions for the album, and it helped chart the course for everything that followed. “We wanted to make the kind of album that’s missing at this time in rock: something that’s just brutal and pounding you over the head every track,” Hull explains. “Whereas Simple Math was a different palate with each song, a different colour, I wanted this to be black and red the whole time.”

 

After several months of writing and recording between June 2012 and March 2013, the band – lead guitarist Robert McDowell, keyboardist/percussionist Chris Freeman, bassist Andy Prince and drummer Tim Very – were forced to pair down the 28 or so completed songs in order to round out the album that would become COPE. “We demoed some slower, introspective songs,” relates Hull, “but we had to set those aside because this album is not that. This album was about being cool with dedicating yourself to something and sticking through with it. Even the album title is bold and straight-to-the-point.”

 

The direct and succinct nature of COPE is all the more refreshing considering two of the main factors surrounding its recording. Unlike their first three full-length albums where the band worked with producers Joe Chiccarelli and Dan Hannon in established, expensive studios, Cope was self-produced under the watchful and helpful eye of Hannon without any set limitations or times constraints. “There was no studio clock ticking, so we had the freedom to take our time and do whatever we wanted,” says Hull. “It was really cool, but weird, not having someone there saying ‘this is what you should do.’ It was more difficult, but more rewarding.”

 

Ten years after 17 year-old Hull started Manchester Orchestra as an outlet for his tender bedroom recordings, the singer-songwriter says he’s reached a place where he trusts his and his band’s instincts more than ever.

 

 

* dates for September recently added:

 

SEPTEMBER

Fri 26th                   Portsmouth Pyramids

Sat 27th                 Bristol Anson Rooms

Sun 28th       Norwich Waterfront

Mon 29th              Nottingham Rock City

 

OCTOBER

Wed 1st                 Manchester Ritz

Thu 2nd                  Glasgow O2 ABC

Fri 3rd                     Newcastle O2 Academy

Sat 4th                    Leeds Met University

Mon 6th                Cardiff University (Solus)

Tue 7th                  O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

 

For more information on Manchester Orchestra, go to:

 

www.themanchesterorchestra.com

https://www.facebook.com/ManchesterOrchestra

https://twitter.com/ManchesterOrch

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