Order the new release, Cope by Manchester Orchestra, and get a limited* autographed CD digipak with purchase!
About Manchester Orchestra:
"Cope, to me, means getting by. It means letting go, and being OK with being OK," says Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull. "You can cope in a positive way when bad things happen or a negative way, and that blend was a big lyrical theme for me on this album." The Atlanta band found itself at a crossroads as they approached making their fourth studio album - in between labels, uncertain of Manchester Orchestra's future for the first time since Hull started the band almost a decade ago. He was barely finished with high school back then, and now Hull and his bandmates were transitioning into the adult reality that shit happens. They'd learned a bit about letting go themselves.
So Manchester Orchestra regrouped. They built a studio with their own hands, and spent month after month workshopping new tunes, writing and demoing together in a room - a process that was completely new for them. The change did them good. Witness the title track: Cope takes its name from the track that closes its unrelentingly heavy thirty-eight minutes with the strongest blow of them all. The behemoth "Cope" was written during one of the earliest sessions for the album, and it helped chart the course for everything that followed. Manchester Orchestra had undertaken a process of writing and demoing a new song every single day, with Hull composing lyrics as they went. "Sometimes when you're making up lyrics on the spot, God will drop one on you that you didn't intend," says Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull of writing "Cope." "There's a lyric, 'And I hope if there's one thing I let go, it is the way that we cope.' I remember being like, 'Fuuuck, that's really cool,' and getting kind of teary about it. It was like, 'alright, now we have our starting point.'"
But even once they had Cope, it took them a minute to figure out which sonic direction to follow. Working on and off over the course of several months between June 2012 and March 2013, they amassed 28 new songs. "We were writing all different kinds of songs in different genres," says Hull. Staring down a list of almost thirty demos from the previous year, the singer and his bandmates - lead guitarist Robert McDowell, keyboardist/percussionist Chris Freeman, bassist Andy Prince and drummer Tim Very - came to a realization. "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, something unrelenting and unapologetic," Hull explains. "Whereas Simple Math was a palate with each song a different color, I wanted this to be black and red the whole time. Our mission statement was to make a crazy-loud rock record. We demoed some slower, introspective songs, but we had to set those aside because this album is not that. This album was about being cool with dedicating yourself to something and sticking through with it. Even the album title is bold and straight-to-the-point."
Ten years after a then-seventeen year-old Hull started Manchester Orchestra as an outlet for his tender bedroom recordings, the singer-songwriter says this time he didn't relent until he'd achieved the exact sound he had in mind. "This was really the most hands-on I've ever been," he says. "I wanted to drive it home completely and so we did, and I'm more proud of it than any record we've done before. Of course, as soon as this one is out, I'm gonna start thinking about how we can make the next one better."
Manchester Orchestra's North American Tour Dates:
- 3/15 - St. Pat's in Five Points - Columbia, SC
- 4/17 - The Ritz Ybor - Tampa, FL
- 4/18 - Revolution Live - Fort Lauderdale, FL
- 4/19 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
- 4/21 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
- 4/22 - Emo's - Austin, TX
- 4/23 - House Of Blues - Dallas, TX
- 4/24 - Granada - Lawrence, KS
- 4/25 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
- 4/26 - In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
- 4/28 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Spokane, WA
- 4/29 - Neptune - Seattle, WA
- 4/30 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
- 5/2 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
- 5/3 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
- 5/4 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
- 5/6 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
- 5/7 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
- 5/9 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
- 5/10 - Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, NE
- 5/11 - The Pageant - St Louis, MO
- 5/12 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI
- 5/14 - Skyway Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
- 5/15 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
- 5/16 - Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
- 5/17 - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
- 5/19 - The Opera House - Toronto, Canada
- 5/20 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
- 5/22 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY
- 5/23 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
- 5/24 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
- 5/25 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
- 5/27 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
- 5/28 - The NorVa - Norfolk, VA
- 5/29 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
- 5/30 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
- 5/31 - The Cannery - Nashville, TN
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