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Manchester Orchestra


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The best kept secret in music


"Paste Magazine Issue 19"

"Crossing from guitar rock to computer-pop and back again, this young Atlanta-based band tests the waters with its first official release. Equal parts The Promise Ring and Death Cab, the sound combines delicate vocals, with precise layered arrangements." - Dec 05/Jan 06; Featured on Sampler CD

"The Atlanta Journal Constitution"

"...The band's music grips you with remembrance of high school and anticipation of things to come. With the melodies of Keane and Snow Patrol and the desperate energy of Weezer and the Pixies, the poetic lyrics of Hull's stories plow straight through the heart.The group's musical stylings bring comparisons to Death Cab for Cutie. True, Hull's voice is similar to that of Death Cab's Ben Gibbard, and the band's sound is as heartbreakingly poignant as that of Seattle's favorite indie rockers. But Manchester Orchestra truly has its own sound..." - Jan 3, 2006; Full Page Article

"HM Magazine"

"Soft vocal leanings (Ben Gibbard to a tee) mixed with thoughtful songwriting give this indie pop an advantage amongst their musical peers. These sugar-laced songs are just begging you to sing along... " - January 2006; Featured Rising Artist

"Paste Magazine"

Make no mistake, Manchester Orchestra is a pop band. But on the band’s debut EP, You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs a Good Editor, beyond the verbiage of its title, there’s a captivating internal debate that manifests itself aurally. The Atlanta-based quartet has all the trappings of a straightforward pop-rock band, but none at all. “Slow to Learn” is everything a Top 40 radio single should be, while “Play It Again, Sam” treads on weighty emotional territory most Top 40 bands have only seen in P.T. Anderson movies. It’s like mining for caviar in a candy shell. Yet, somehow the band makes it work. Nowhere is this more apparent than “I’d Rather Have” where a beguilingly innocent chorus hook gives way to an emotive, crescendo ending.

Recorded over several months at two separate studios, sonically the EP reflects its long gestation period but avoids glossy overproduction. And as a whole, Manchester Orchestra wears its influences proudly but not stubbornly. 19-year-old frontman Andy Hull has obviously taken a cue from Pedro the Lion’s songwriting vault (see “Alice and Interiors”) and meshed that with a Death Cab for Cutie aesthetic (see “The Procession”). But Hull and his band are young, and You Brainstorm is essentially a testament to both that youth and its subsequent potential. And when experience matriculates into that pre-existing talent, great music will spring from this simply good music. The You Brainstorm EP is just the first step in that process. - Palmer Houchins - Palmer Houchins


"You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs A Good Editor" EP
Favorite Gentlemen (2005)

1. The Procession
2. Alice and Interiors
3. Slow to Learn
4. I Would Rather
5. Play it Again, Sam You Don't Have Any Feathers


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In just a few month’s time,Manchester Orchestra has emerged as one of the most mesmerizing and dynamic young bands in the region, embracing the sweeping, melodic, emotional territory mined by such seminal artists as Pedro The Lion, Grandaddy and The Weakerthans.
Creator and leader of the band Andy Hull's insightful songwriting reveals a depth and maturity normally reserved for contemporaries twice his age. His compelling narratives tell harrowing tales of abuse, friendship, adultery, love, suicide and hope, all wrapped in the atmospheric glow of his hypnotic hooks.