Manchester Orchestra’s ‘COPE’ Tour Starts Today
Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, and Balance & Composure are going on tour together in support of Cope this spring. The bands have released a new Tour Drop via Soundsupply that features two songs from each artist. Download it here and check out the dates below after the jump.
What a week for the over-arching scene! Chiodos’ Devil, Manchester Orchestra’s COPE, and The Used’s Imaginary Enemy all placed on within the top 15 of the Billboard 200 at 12, 13, and 14, respectively. You can check out the numbers for the charts including some other releases as well below after the jump.
Manchester Orchestra have posted a new Magic Moments video with an acoustic performance of “Never Really Been Another Way Out.” Watch the video below after the jump.
Have you ever wondered who the woman on the cover of I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child is? Manchester Orchestra answered that question in a Reddit AMA, and it’s an interesting story. Check it out below after the jump.
by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen
It’s going on eight years and counting since the Georgia gentlemen of Manchester Orchestra have bothered with holding back – since their very first record, in fact. ICYMI, the sensational (and occasionally overboard) songwriting on the sophomore Mean Everything to Nothing and subsequent effort Simple Math pulled the plug on the restraint that Manchester evoked in the delicate songs on the 2006 debut I’m Like a Virgin. Swirling musical palates ran the gamut from ambient noise to runaway rock hit to theatrical number – all, of course, taking a knee in the face of the revered prime minister of grunge, Nirvana. But Cope, Manchester Orchestra’s fourth LP, takes its place in the band’s legacy not as the logical next stepping-stone, but as an uncensored reaction to what’s not happening in music these days. And that’s why I’ll claim that this album’s release feels prophetically important in the Grand Scheme of Things. Self-assured, self-aware and self-indulgent as always, Hull and Co. care not for your trendy Tinkerbell emo guitar picking or your fizzy synth samplings. No, no. With Cope, they’d much rather smash any subtle semblance of delicacy (along with their guitars) into oblivion while on the proverbial stage.
Between the grinding gears that open everything on “Top Notch,” to the fire and brimstone of “Trees” that’ll get you shaking in your boots, the guitar work obviously takes precedence in both the mix and the songwriting. Just about every tone is grimy and textured, every riff stacked sky-high, met with an equal and opposite reaction from the rhythm section (just listen to those toms in the beginning of “Girl Harbor”). The bigger-is-better attitude weighs on the entire record, pooling the songs together under a fuzzy and gigantic – if not altogether encompassing – aesthetic. Applause all around for sticking to your rock n’ roll mission statement with unflinching conviction, but fans of the crazy quilted dynamics that Manchester has employed in the past could probably find such an aesthetic to be the album’s only weakness – and if you listen to it enough times in a row (an easy feat at 38 minutes), the oversaturation of similar sounds could quickly become tiresome.
April is nearly here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated April Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
Manchester Orchestra - COPE
So far in 2014, many bands have laid claim to missing honest rock music: something that is devoid of frills and just simply kicks you in the gut while still maintaining a certain craft to it. Add Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull to that long list; on the Georgia rock outfits fourth effort, Cope, Hull has promised nothing but a red and black color pallet of brutal and impactful rock music.
The album’s first single “Top Notch” keeps its word in delivering just that and already it’s clear that the album’s direction is drastically different from the complicated and sprawling themes of 2011’s Simple Math. In title alone Cope already indicates the themes that are to be explored with Hull stating that the many ways one copes with good and bad things can bring out a range of emotions. Couple this with the promise of a straight forward rock style this album should be a great way to launch a busy month of new music. - Jason Stives
Punk Goes 90s Vol. II
When it comes to Punk Goes… compilations, Fearless Records doesn’t seem to know when to give up. It started with Punk Goes Metal in 2000 and over the years has expanded to include themes such as Pop, Classic Rock, various decades, and more. Not that each of the different editions has been equally worthy of note. In more recent years the Punk Goes institution has gone noticeably downhill, especially the Pop versions.
But last year’s Punk Goes Christmas was a pleasant surprise, and so far it seems like Punk Goes 90s Volume 2 might be as well. Its artist lineup includes notable names like Memphis May Fire, Mayday Parade, Yellowcard, and Ice Nine Kills, and the track list recalls the very best of the days that so many seem to remember with such fondness.
As for me, I was born in 1992, making me old enough to remember the majority of the 90s but still too young to have fully appreciated any of its glory. And I see Punk Goes 90s Volume 2 as an opportunity to educate myself on the finer points of a scene I missed out on. - Becky Kovach