Columbia Records and Favorite Gentlemen Recordings are extremely excited to announce the release of Manchester Orchestra’s third record on May 10, 2011. Entitled, Simple Math, it comes on the heels of 2009’s acclaimed Mean Everything to Nothing, which Alternative Press called “a masterpiece of intricacy and honesty” in their five-star lead review, and which yielded the Top 10 Modern Rock hit, “I’ve Got Friends.” Dan Hannon, who produced the band’s first record and co-produced the second, was once again at the helm for Simple Math.
Simple Math is a concept record. From this platform, some bands might dive into the world of fantasy; front man Andy Hull instead presents his own reality, holding back nothing. It’s a story about a 23-year old who questions everything from marriage to love to religion to sex. It’s chock full of monster riffs, vigorous string arrangements, deep hooks and has miles of melodies that encase a compelling coming-of-age story told in the first person, intimately written and sung by Hull.
“This record is two duelling conversations between me and my wife, and me and my God,” says Hull. “Sometimes even for myself, it’s difficult to decipher which one I’m actually talking to. Everything I’ve written in the past has been about those things. This album is the most realized form of my questioning.”
Manchester Orchestra was formed in 2004 when Hull was 16. The band includes lifelong friends Jonathan Corley on bass, keyboardist Chris Freeman, guitarist Robert McDowell and drummer Tim Very.
Not even near drinking age, Manchester Orchestra left the comforts of their suburban childhood in 2005, put over 200 shows under their belt and started to build the ever-growing and rabid fan base that follows them to this day. In 2007, their explosive first record, I’m Like a Virgin Losing A Child, quickly became a critical favorite as they toured the country many times over. As a result, Mean Everything to Nothing, released early in 2009, was highly anticipated, but the band was not phased and made one of the best records of that year. Soon after its release, Absolute Punk hailed: “Quick note to the rest of the albums coming out this year: The bar has just been set.”
Simple Math takes Manchester Orchestra to the next level. It is certain to be one of the landmark releases of 2011.