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Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra
Andy Hull and former band mate Jonathan Corley (Nov. 2011)
Background information
Origin United States
Genres Indie rock, alternative rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Favorite Gentlemen Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment, Loma Vista Recordings/Concord Music Group
Associated acts Right Away, Great Captain!, Bad Books, Gobotron, Kevin Devine, Brand New, Colour Revolt, Grouplove
Website Official website
Members Andy Hull
Chris Freeman
Robert McDowell
Tim Very
Andy Prince
Past members Jonathan Corley
Jeremiah Edmond

Manchester Orchestra is an American Andy Hull, lead guitarist Robert McDowell, keyboardist/percussionist Chris Freeman, bassist Andy Prince and drummer Tim Very. Former drummer Jeremiah Edmond parted ways with the band in January 2010 to focus on his family and on running the band's record label, Favorite Gentlemen. The band's original bassist, Jonathan Corley, parted ways with the band in 2013.[1] They have released several extended plays and five studio albums: I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child (2006), Mean Everything to Nothing (2009), Simple Math (2011), Cope (2014), and Hope (2014). They are signed to independent record label Favorite Gentlemen Recordings, which is distributed through Sony Music Entertainment.


2004-2005: Early years

Manchester Orchestra originated in the suburbs of [3]

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 personnel 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 You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, but Brilliance Needs a Good Editor.[4]

2006-2008: I'm Like a Virgin Losing A Child

Following the You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, but Brilliance Needs a Good Editor EP, 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. The album was released nationwide July 27, 2007. Guitarist Robert McDowell did not appear on this album.[5] The song "Wolves At Night" was featured in the video game NHL 08. The band worked in the studio recording their second EP, Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind, with producer Dan Hannon and engineer Brad Fisher. It was released October 7, 2008.

2008-2010: Mean Everything to Nothing

In early September 2008, the band announced on their Myspace blog that they had begun recording their second album entitled Mean Everything to Nothing with producer Joe Chicarrelli (The Shins, My Morning Jacket). On February 4, 2009, the band posted a link to a free download of the single "I've Got Friends"[6] and performed an acoustic version at The Fly's in the Courtyard Sessions. The album was released April 21, 2009. Jeremiah Edmond left the band in January 2010 to focus on his family and running the band's record label.[7] Also in January, the band announced the release of a split EP with Kevin Devine entitled I Could Be the Only One. The EP was released digitally January 26, 2010. Following the release of the Manchester Orchestra / Kevin Devine split EP, it was announced that Devine would record a full-length album along with the members of Manchester Orchestra later that year, with half the album written by Devine and half by Andy Hull. On April 10, 2010, it was announced the new project's name was Bad Books and that the album would be released under that moniker. On August 16, 2010, it was announced that the self-titled Bad Books album would be released on October 19, 2010, digitally and on November 9, 2010, on a physical CD.

Robert McDowell and Jonathan Corley of Manchester Orchestra performing live

2010-2012: Simple Math

On March 2010, in an interview with the Dallas Observer, Hull mentioned that the band had begun work on a follow up to 2009's [9] Drummer Tim Very featured on the album, and eventually became Edmond's replacement.[10] On October 23, 2010, during an appearance at Radio 104.5 in Philadelphia, following a Bad Books show in support of their recently released self-titled debut album, Manchester Orchestra debuted an acoustic version of the new album's title track, "Simple Math". Frontman Andy Hull said the album would be released in March 2011. On January 27, 2011, the band announced that their third full-length studio album, Simple Math, would be released on May 10, 2011. It was also revealed that Simple Math would be a concept album.[11] The song "April Fool" was featured in the game NHL 12. In the summer of 2011, the band joined Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance for part of the 2011 Honda Civic Tour. In autumn 2011, the band headlined the PacTour and were supported by White Denim, The Dear Hunter and Little Hurricane.

2013-present: Cope and Hope

On February 10, 2013, Jonathan Corley left the band to pursue a career outside of playing music and was replaced by Andy Prince.[12][13] On March 11, the band announced they had begun recording their fourth full-length album.[14] For Record Store Day 2013, the band teamed up with Grouplove and Frightened Rabbit to release a 12-inch containing the tracks "Make It to Me" and "Architect".[15] On October 28, 2013 the band released their first new music since 2011, "After the Scripture", a song featured on the soundtrack of the movie Dallas Buyers Club.

On December 8, 2013, Andy Hull announced in a video interview with Matt Pinfield that their fourth studio album would be titled Cope, and was slated for release on April 1, 2014.[16] On January 21, 2014 an official statement from the band confirmed this information.[17] The album's first single, "Top Notch", was released alongside the announcement. Pre-orders for CD and LP copies of the album were subsequently added to the band's online store. On February 25, 2014, the album's second single, "Every Stone" was released. On September 16, 2014 Manchester released the album Hope which was a re-imagining of "Cope" the album they released from earlier that year and feature stripped down and more emotionally driven versions of the songs from that album. They also announced a tour in support of the new album.[18]

TV appearances

Manchester Orchestra has performed on several television shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Their song, "I Can Feel a Hot One", was featured on Gossip Girl episode "The Dark Night", and was played throughout the episode. This song is featured on their EP Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind, which was released on October 7, 2008. Also, music from their 2009 album, Mean Everything to Nothing, was played during the One Tree Hill episode "I Would For You". The song "The Only One" from the same album was also featured on the season 1 finale of 90210, "One Party Can Ruin Your Whole Summer". The song "The Only One" was also used in an episode from the fourth season of British drama Skins.[19] Andy and Robert also guest programmed Australian music video program Rage during their Australian tour as a part of Splendour in the Grass along with a performance on the British live music show Live From Abbey Road during their tour supporting Biffy Clyro. The song "Virgin" was featured in the 2013 documentary Little Hope Was Arson. Their song "Shake It Out" was used for the 2010 edition of the TNA Wrestling pay-per-view event Sacrifice.

Band members

Current members
  • Andy Hull - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
  • Robert McDowell - lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Chris Freeman - keyboards, additional percussion, backing vocals
  • Tim Very - drums, percussion
  • Andy Prince - bass
Former members
  • Garrett Brown - guitar
  • Jeremiah Edmond - drums, percussion
  • Benjamin Homola - drums, percussion
  • Len Clark - drums, percussion
  • David Brandon Dees - bass
  • Trey Balfour - lead guitar, piano
  • Andrew Maysilles - drums, percussion
  • Trevor Dowdy - guitar, keyboard
  • Jonathan Corley - bass (2003-2013)



Manchester Orchestra has consistently released a series of video podcasts throughout the span of their career. Over one hundred Podcasts have been released since September 2006 on the band's YouTube page.[20] They begin during the recording process of the band's first record I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, and continue to highlight key moments of the band's progression. These short 5-10 minute videos were released as a way to connect with fans and to give them a glimpse of what it's actually like touring and making records.[21] These videos were filmed and edited by filmmaker and founding band member Jonathan Corley. The numbering of these podcasts reflect different time periods, and reset for each additional record release.


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External links

  • Official website
  • Manchester Orchestra on Twitter
  • Official Street Team on
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