Friday, March 09, 2007

Manchester Orchestra...

I'm blown away. At last a record that grabs my attention and holds it. I've listened to Manchester Orchestra's I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child incessantly for the last week.

First things first: Manchester Orchestra is from Atlanta, GA. And their kids. By kids I mean they're all around 19 or so, kids to a man of my advanced age. That youthful energy is palpable on I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child, it infuses the record with purpose in a way. It's most certainly a musical statement produced by the passions of youth. There are odes to broken hearts and weightier issues of deceased parents, real heart on the sleeve stuff that might make you want to hurl accusations like "emo" at the band, but don't be too hasty. There's something far more imaginitive and inventive going on than your garden variety cookie cutter emo rock schlock here. Does it not rock? Why yes it does rock. Does it not get quiet and emotional? Why yes it does get quiet and introspective. But the album does both these things in unexpected ways, or at least in ways as unexpected as you can get within the confines of rock and pop songs. It's emo with imagination, emo that resents the tag and wants you to show you why. It's The Weakerthans without the politics. The Shins with no shine and more guts.

I'll admit that at times it's totally overblown. But that's what youth does, youth makes big weighty pronoucements and acts like it knows everything. When you get older you realize that you didn't know everything at 20 or 21 or even 25, and there's a hell of a lot more subtlety and hair splitting in the world than you realized. But that kind of stuff comes later in life, right now for Manchester Orchestra life is an open wound that bleeds music. It sounds pretty killer.

1 from I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child:

The Neighborhood Is Bleeding

7 Comments:

Blogger bonjourtristesse said...

Hey Peter! Great blog! I love me some Bill Callahan too! Cheers!

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea. manchester orchestra is awesome. They have good feeling

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

manchester orchestra is one of the best bands i have ever heard. i first saw them back in march on tour with brand new. before this, i had never even heard of them. they started playing and i fell in love. they put on such a good show. so much emotion, so much talent. AMAZING! i listened to their cd for at least a month afterward nonstop. it still hasn't gotten old. i love them!

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Karen Futch said...

I went to school and were close with Andy, Jonathan, and Robert. All the members are around 21. Robert is around 18. Isn't that amazing? He's 18 and is touring the world. I don't know, I think it's cool. They have all been so talented, even since they were in 9th grade. By far, the most amazing thing about this band are the people they are on the inside. They deserve this more than anyone I know. Every one of those boys is so genuine and kind. And Andy honestly is the funniest guy you will ever meet in your life. No one deserves it more then these kids.

If you can find anything on the internet, you should look at Andy and J's old band from early high school, "East on Autry" (or maybe Autrey). It's pretty funny.

They are about to go on tour (if not already) with Kinds of Leon and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. And check them out on Sept. 9 on the late show with David Letterman.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anton Moretti said...

Karen Futch said... blah blah blaaaaaaah

Yeah they are a very good band & a very good review from you!

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Karen Futch said...

um. im karen futch. whoever you are obviously went to Providence but why would you put my name for that comment? That's really weird. haha.

Sure, thats all true. They're good.

Strange.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Karen Futch said...

erm... I'm Karen Futch. Why are all of you impersonating me? Whatever, it's kind of funny.... I guess. Anyway, I agree with everything you said. ha.

this is so strange.

6:13 AM  

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