Manchester Orchestra have released I Know How To Speak, a lush, slow-burning song that is the band’s first original new music since their acclaimed 2017 album, ‘A Black Mile To The Surface’ (Loma Vista Recordings / Caroline Australia).
“This song was originally and roughly formed a few years ago, about the impending weight of the future. It almost made it onto Black Mile, but hadn’t fully formed yet,” explains singer/guitarist Andy Hull. “We spent some solid time this year revisiting and reworking the song into its final state. I found it inspiring to work on this song right before the birth of my son, which was and is beautiful impending weight.”
Having recently blown away Australian crowds in February, Manchester Orchestra — Hull, Robert McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince — are among the most-booked bands at summer and fall festivals this year, playing a career-high number that includes recent stops at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Governor’s Ball, Boston Calling, Bottlerock, Shaky Knees Music Festival, and Hangout Music Festival, and upcoming performances at Summerfest, Lollapalooza, Osheaga Festival, Austin City Limits, and more.
‘A Black Mile To The Surface’, was released in July of last year to high acclaim from outlets including Alternative Press, Pitchfork, Vulture, Noisey, The Music, Beat, Hysteria and MAGNET, among others, with Uproxx naming it one of 2017’s Best Rock Records. Manchester Orchestra have also performed Alternative Radio Top 15 and AAA-topping single The Gold on both Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions. The band recently covered The Avett Brothers’ single No Hard Feelings and collaborated with Julien Baker on a cover of Pedro The Lion’s Bad Things To Such Good People (with net proceeds from sales and streaming donated to 1 Million 4 Anna).
Always seeking to push themselves creatively with each subsequent release, Manchester Orchestra expanded their dynamic sound to peak form on the cinematic and epic ‘A Black Mile To The Surface’, which features production by Catherine Marks (Foals, PJ Harvey, The Killers), John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In The Sky, Angel Olsen), and their longtime studio partner Dan Hannon. The record showcases a band that rethought, deconstructed, and rebuilt their songwriting process to propel their music into a new emotional arena, drawing on singer/guitarist Hull and co-writer/multi-instrumentalist McDowell’s unique experience scoring the 2016 Sundance hit film Swiss Army Man (directed by The Daniels). It’s a reinvention of sorts — both musically and personally — and an evolution of the Atlanta-based band, while also retaining the sweeping, melodic, and anthemic sounds for which Manchester Orchestra has become known.