|Throughout a career that has already spanned more than a decade, Manchester Orchestra has established itself as one of the premier sounds in indie rock. With a modern musical identity that blends elements of pop, indie rock and alternative into its own signature harmony, Manchester Orchestra attracts fans from across the musical spectrum. The group is known for its electrifying performances, which have brought crowds to their feet in everything from small clubs to large venues. If you’re looking to take in a true wonder of indie rock music in an intimate setting, then do yourself a favor and purchase your Manchester Orchestra tickets today!
The group was formed in the suburbs outside of Atlanta in 2004. While there have been several different explanations given for its name, the commonly accepted explanation is that it pertains to Machester, an English city with an extremely colorful musical history. Initially, the group consisted of Jeremiah Edmond on drums, Jonathan Corley on bass, Chris Freeman playing the keyboard, Robert McDowell on lead guitar and frontman Andy Hull. The group played and recorded together for some time before issuing any releases, with its first EP coming in 2005 under the title You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs a Good Editor.
Rise to prominence
With the release of its first EP, Manchester Orchestra began to gain the attention of independent music fans, playing regional shows around the Southeast. It released its first full-length album, I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child through the independent label Favorite Gentlemen in 2006. The record not only garnered further attention from the independent music crowd, but also gained some notoriety with major record labels. This led to Manchester Orchestra being offered a contract by Canvasback Recordings, which made a national release of the album in mid 2007. The record launched Manchester Orchestra into mainstream limelight, its success driven largely by the indie pop anthem “Wolves at Night,” which gained considerable radio play. Not wanting to miss a beat, the group immediately began work on its second EP, which was entitled Let My Pride Be What’s Left Behind.
The group released Let My Pride Be What’s Left Behind in October 2008 to considerable critical acclaim. Largely, the second EP served as a platform for Manchester Orchestra to build anticipation for their second full length album, Mean Everything to Nothing, which was released in spring 2009. Shortly thereafter, Edmond left the group for personal reasons, leaving Manchester Orchestra temporarily without a drummer. The role was ultimately filled by Tim Very, who now tours with the group. Similarly, in 2013, Corley left the group and was replaced on bass by Andy Prince. Manchester Orchestra has released two other full-length albums since Mean Everything to Nothing: Simple Math, Cope and Hope. These records were put out in 2011, 2014 and 2014, respectively.