Manchester Orchestra are back with a new album and single. The Gold is the first single from their new album 'A Black Mile To The Surface' which will be released through Loma Vista Recordings at the end of July.
This will be Manchester Orchestra's fifth official studio album and follows on from their 2014 release 'Cope' - in the same year, the band also released an acoustic version of the record which the titled 'Hope'.
One emotion or another always seems to be near the forefront in with Manchester Orchestra's song writing style and it always perfectly accompanies their spotless vocal harmonies all lead by frontman Andy Hull.
It's clear that Andy Hull and song writing partner Robert McDowell learnt much from crafting the soundtrack for the 2016 movie Swiss Army Man. The lead track that they created for the soundtrack was titled Montage and it was the best part of what turned out to be a rather disappointing film.
Learning to fit a suitable soundtrack to its cinematic partner is a great skill and if we use 'Gold' as the example, you can hear a very confident band willing to explore new directions.
As well as working with Dan Hannon (their long time studio collaborator) the band also recruited producers Catherine Marks (PJ Harvey, Foals) and John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In The Sky) to work on the record.
Speaking about the new record and how they approached song writing, Hull commented: "We're a band that loves to use heavy, crunchy guitars," says Hull. "We wondered how we could limit the use of that, so that when the guitars come in they can be creative and impactful. For Swiss Army Man we had to make seventy minutes of music with our hands tied behind our backs. When you're creating all the sounds you need just from the human voice, it allows you to rethink what is possible, and determine what is really needed. We wanted to make an album in a 'non-Manchester' way if there is such a thing."
The band played two sell-out gigs in the UK at the start of June. A batch of UK and European dates have been announced for later this year.
Oct 21st - Academy 2, Manchester, UK
Oct 22nd - Garage, Glasgow, UK
Oct 23rd - Church, Leeds, UK
Oct 24th - Institute, Birmingham, UK
Oct 26th - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
Oct 27th - Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
Oct 28th - SWX, Bristol, UK
Oct 30th - Gebaude 9, Cologne, DE
Oct 31st - Les Etoiles, Paris, FR
Nov 1st - VK, Brussels, BE
Nov 2nd - Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
Nov 3rd - Franz, Berlin, DE
Nov 4th - Molotow, Hamburg, DE
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He also slapped a jet-lagged Taylor Hawkins.
The acclaimed performer had just cancelled touring due to a battle with cancer.