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Concert Review: Manchester Orchestra at the Marquis

by on May.13, 2009, under Concert Reviews

Manchester Orchestra: Not quite an orchestra, definitely not from Manchester, UK. However that didn’t stop this Atlanta based group from selling out the Marquis in LoDo last night. Touring in support of their recent release Mean Everything To Nothing, Manchester Orchestra has begun to get big, and was recently featured on David Letterman.

First up was Winston Audio, an Atlanta band with a hard-hitting sound and remarkable consistency. They pounded through song after song, and at times I was reminded of bands such as Alkaline Trio or Murder By Death, although the Winston Audio guys definitely had a slightly more upbeat approach than those groups. Following Winston Audio was Audrye Sessions, a band that didn’t even introduce themselves until someone yelled asking their name at the end of their set. Their sound could best be described as a mix of Annuals meets Radiohead, with tons of instrumentation and reverb-drenched falsetto vocals. I found their set to be one of the highlights of the night, as they used dramatic colored lights to accompany their unique sound.

Following Audrye Sessions was a band called Fun. Singer Nate Ruess told concertgoers that this was their first tour, which came as a bit of a surprise since they had such a tight dynamic. The story of Fun goes something like this: Nate was in The Format, Andrew was in Anathallo, and Jack was in Steel Train. The resulting combination sounded like the offspring of the three groups.

Finally it was time for the main event: Manchester Orchestra. As lead singer Andy Hull took the stage donning a white baseball cap, the group proceeded to play through several songs before taking a moment to introduce themselves. Sticking mostly to material from their recently released album Mean Everything To Nothing, they played with the same intensity I remember from seeing them a couple years ago. Perhaps my favorite part of their hour+ set was the last song in the normal set, “Where Have You Been.” The ending of this slow-burner erupted into violent flames as Hull sang new lyrics and the entire band filled in with grandiose instrumental breakdowns.

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