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LIVE! – Manchester Orchestra

April 18, 2011 by  

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LIVE! – Manchester Orchestra

ARTIST: Manchester Orchestra
SUPPORT: A Life In Film
VENUE, TOWN: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
DATE: 16th April 2011

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Manchester Orchestra return back “home”.

MAIN REVIEW: After eighteen months away from the UK, Manchester Orchestra make their return to their “favourite city” tonight with a show in the somewhat modest environment of The Ruby Lounge.

The band could easily have booked a show at one of the city’s Academy venues, but it is patent that they wanted to explore intimate surroundings before upcoming album ‘Simple Math’ potentially launches them into widespread renown faster than a puma on steroids.

Before the Atlanta outfit grace the stage, A Life In Film deliver a praiseworthy set of indie tracks that are sure to please fans of The Strokes. Each of their efforts are crafted with unquestionable expertise and while the group’s sound is largely incomparable to that of the headliner’s, they depart the stage to a warm ovation.

Predictably, Manchester Orchestra walk on stage to a chorus of cheers and start their set with a soaring rendition of ‘Pride’, before ‘Now That You’re Home’ quite literally takes the crowd off its feet.

With such a diverse catalogue of songs, the band’s set could be expected to flow bizarrely, yet slower numbers such as ‘Sleeper 1972’ slip in seamlessly with ‘Shake It Out’ and other examples of the band’s guitar-driven material.

Technical glitches attempt to blight their performance during ‘I Can Barely Breathe’, but Andy Hull exhibits intuitive thinking by quickly converting the track into an acoustic version. On top of this, further stoppages are filled with comical jokes that help to sustain the positive atmosphere, while showcasing Mr Hull’s undiscovered talents as a stand-up comedian.

These issues are thankfully resolved in time for the gargantuan ‘Everything To Nothing’, which reverberates around the room louder than a NASA rocket and is later followed by the mesmeric encore ‘Where Have You Been?’.

After the crowd’s ceaseless chanting, Manchester Orchestra return for a second goodbye in the shape of viral internet hit ’50 Cent’, providing a comedic end to a sensational night.





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