Being a prodigy takes up all your time. Just a high school junior, singer Andy Hull's songs were attracting attention. So the Atlanta native was home schooled his senior year so he could focus on writing and recording.
Hull put together a band in '05 that recorded "Nobody Sings Anymore." This set was never officially released largely because the band had changed musical direction. That also necessitated a name change to Manchester Orchestra.
Some songs from "Nobody Sings Anymore" we re-worked for the '05 EP "You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs A Good Editor."
The following year saw the group's full-length debut "I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child." A second EP, '08's "Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind," rolled out with the track "I Can Feel A Hot One" which was heard during a episode of Gossip Girl.
Returning to the studio with producer Joe Chicarrelli (The Shins, My Morning Jacket), Manchester Orchestra recorded '09 album "Mean Everything To Nothing."
"I've Got Friends" and "Shake It Out" landed on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart, peaking at #8 and #25, respectively.
Manchester Orchestra partnered with Kevin Devine, a songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, for a split EP. Then the group and Devine, working under the name Bad Books, issued their self-titled debut in '10.
"Simple Math," recorded in Nashville and Atlanta, was Manchester Orchestra's third full-length release. They then joined Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance on the '11 Honda Civic Tour.
John Corley left the band in '13 to pursue a career outside of music and was replaced by Andy Prince. A month later, the group announced they had begun recording their fourth full length album. But before "Cope" dropped in '14, the song "After The Scripture," was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Dallas Buyers Club. It marked Manchester Orchestra's first new music since '11.
"Cope" contained the singles "Top Notch" and "Every Stone."
"Cope, to me, means getting by," said Hull. "It means letting go, and being OK with being OK."
2006 I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child
2009 Mean Everything To Nothing
2011 Simple Math
2004 5 Stories
2005 You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, but Brilliance Needs a Good Editor
2008 Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind
2009 Fourteen Years of Excellence
2009 The MySpace Transmissions: Manchester Orchestra
2009 Live at Park Ave
2010 I Could Be The Only One
Hull and company are an effective post-Punk power-pop outfit. They, and approximately, 5,234,765 other bands are vying for everyone's attention.
So what makes Manchester Orchestra special? Simply, it's swagger, spiraling chord progressions and some good old Punk grind.