Don't let the name Manchester Orchestra confuse you. The indie rock band, which bounds into Town Ballroom with a full bill at 6 p.m. May 20, is neither from Manchester, England, nor resembles an orchestra in the traditional sense.
The Atlanta, Ga. band is on the final leg of its spring U.S. tour in promotion of Cope, the band's fourth full-length studio release, and its sound has become notably heavier.
“We wanted to make the kind of album that’s missing at this time in rock: something that’s just brutal and pounding you over the head every track,” front-man Andy Hull explained in a press release via Radio.com. “Whereas [2011 album] Simple Math was a different palate with each song, a different color, I wanted this to be black and red the whole time.”
Balance and Composure and Kevin Devine are the two openers for Manchester Orchestra, which appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman for the fourth time back in March.
You can stream Cope below through the band's YouTube page:
As keyboardist Chris Freeman admitted in an interview with Darryl Smyers of the Dallas Observer, the band's acting skills are certainly a work in progress when it comes to music videos. Just look back at "Simple Math" from 2009, embedded below.
"That was an interesting one, because none of us have had much experience acting," Freeman said to Smyers in the interview. "We got to have a lot of fun because the director and others were very passionate about the project. It was a very fun thing to do, putting on costumes and bouncing around in a car."
For what it's worth, the band also approved of the new flick "Godzilla," given this Instagram photo.