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Atlanta, Georgia (2004 – present)

Manchester Orchestra is an American band which formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004. The group is currently composed of rhythm guitarist, singer/songwriter Andy Hull, lead guitarist Robert McDowell, keyboardist and percussionist Chris Freeman, bassist Jonathan Corley and drummer Tim Very. Former drummer Jeremiah Edmond parted ways with the band in January 2010 to focus on his family as well as running the band’s record label, Favorite Gentlemen. The band has released four albums - 2006’s I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child, 2009’s Mean Everything To Nothing, 2011’s Simple Math, and 2014’s Cope.

Manchester Orchestra originated in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. They are named after the English city Manchester, a place rich in musical history (The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Joy Division, Oasis, New Order, Happy Mondays). Feeling increasingly alienated at his “small-town-Georgia, Christian high school”, Hull became so frustrated that he spent his senior year studying at home. 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.” Some of the tracks written for the album were released instead on the EP You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs a Good Editor.

Following You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs a Good Editor, 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.

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  • A_lexey

    Когда ж ты, Энди, так голос посадил?

    25 Mar 9:23pm Reply
  • bkelleher

    It's amazing how wrong p4k was about these guys. They should probably just quietly delete those first 2 reviews and act like it didn't happen. Fucking idiots.

    18 Mar 8:24pm Reply
  • daddyfaux

    It's been 5 years, but seeing these guys live is still one of my most treasured memories.

    23 Feb 7:40am Reply
  • dreamcoltrane

    So I just revisited Cope after months of not listening to it. Album blew me away. It is hard to believe that an album could go from being just good to amazing after months of not listening to it. I guess that just shows the genius that these guys have to offer.

    3 Jan 5:01am Reply
  • MyHeadOnAPlate

    God damn, orangemango27, there might be something to that.

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • cherupii

    these bloody yanks in't manc at all, cheeky buggers lyin to me

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • orangemango27

    Anyone else notice that each album they've had over the years has had consistently less words in the album's title? I Brainstorm, You Brainstorm But Brilliance Needs a Good Editor to I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child to Mean Everything to Nothing to Simple Math to Cope.

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • JordanNeo

    Manchester Orchestra put on a super-intense performance at Toronto Riot Fest. My pics from the show are here: http://www.oneintenwords.com/2014/09/riot-fest-2014-day-1-band-5-manchester.html

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • brootinho

    COPE sounded repetitive as hell to me, probably because the guitars sound very similar, but HOPE was REALLY good. I guess I'll give COPE another chance.

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • catchingsignals

    I had mixed feelings about Cope, and then I heard Hope, which really brought forth the brilliance of the songs. So now, Cope has grown on me, but it would have been much better if they had combined both records into one, with contrasts between the hard/soft sounds.

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • rabrn

    I could truly love Cope if they remastered it with toned down guitars. But as it is, the guitars just overpower and ruin the songs. [2]

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review: http://www.heavypop.at/manchester-orchestra-hope/

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • thefirehairman

    Cope is so far one of my favorite album of the year ... and now HOPE ... that's the best gift they could give to fans. All the songs sound awesome in both ways.

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • khardman51

    HOPE...WOW!!!

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mazalthan

    Woah, HOPE is... Woah. So very chilling.

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • PistolPeteMatty

    Between Cope and Hope there is a perfect album somewhere in there.

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • NK-Metal

    Hope is out!

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • boshenta

    oh God, really like them

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • henryforprez

    I could truly love Cope if they remastered it with toned down guitars. But as it is, the guitars just overpower and ruin the songs.

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • boshenta

    sometimes very outstanding songs they sing

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
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