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Concert Review: Manchester Orchestra sells out Troubadour

Michael Escañuelas
Arts Editor

It is hard to believe that only three years ago Manchester Orchestra came out with a little known album called “I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child.”

The album struck a chord with many people with its diverse sound of quiet guitars, rocking breakdowns, and emotional lyrics. Now the band has released their second full length album, “Mean Everything to Nothing” last year to high critical praise and has been on the road since.

Playing the Troubadour on Tuesday, the first night in a string of two sold out Los Angeles shows, the band brought out all the hits from both albums displaying their diverse sound and attention grabbing lyrics from singer Andy Hull.

The band opened with the too heavy to be Manchester Orchestera track, “Pride” giving the audience a taste of just how much this band has evolved since their incarnation in 2005.

The band then went into “In My Teeth,” another track from their recent release, “Mean Everything to Nothing.”

The audience was a mix of fans from different scenes with no clear distinction of obvious Manchester Orchestra.

This accessibility of the band’s music just adds to Manchester Orchestra’s appeal.

The venue was pack from the opening band until Manchester Orchestra. Opening bands O’Brother, Biffy Clyro, and the Features all received great audience reaction despite not having a big name like Manchester Orchestra.

The set list was a great mixture of both old and new songs and even one new song off their new album which is planned to be recorded this summer.

The band also had some great improves by Hull, guitarist Robert McDowell, keyboardist and sometimes percussionist Chris Freeman and bassist Jonathan Corley. The only issue in the band was the notable absence of former drummer Jeremiah Edmond. Colour Revolt drummer Daniel Davison filled in the position. He did not do a horrible job, but when someone who is as important to a band as Edmond was, the difference in the band’s tightness was noticeable.

The set rounded out with a solo rendition of the song, “The Only One,” but was then followed by a encore of the song “50 Cent,” a track about Hull’s desire to hang out with rapper 50 Cent. The song was a great way to connect with the Los Angeles audience.

Following that the band went into radio track, “I’ve Got Friends” and fan favorite, “Where Have You Been?” Both of these songs got the best reaction from the audience with fans singing all the words and moving around. The final song of the night was a solo rendition of “I Can Feel a Hot One” which was a great way to end the night with a lasting impression.

Manchester Orchestra has always been a band with an impressive and emotional live show and its first show in Los Angeles was another example of why this band has been growing such a large fan base.

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