Biography: Manchester Orchestra released their newest full-length album, A Black Mile To The Surface, on July 28, 2017 (Loma Vista Recordings) to wide critical acclaim from outlets including Entertainment Weekly, Alternative Press, Pitchfork, Vulture, Noisey, and MAGNET, with Uproxx naming it one of 2017’s Best Rock Records. Hit single “The Gold,” which the band performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions, reached into the Top 20 at Alternative Radio and spent two weeks at #1 on the AAA chart.
Always seeking to push themselves creatively with each subsequent release, the Atlanta-based band – Andy Hull, Robert McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince – has expanded their dynamic sound to peak form on the cinematic and epic album, 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. A Black Mile To The Surface 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 band, while also retaining the sweeping, melodic, and anthemic sounds for which Manchester Orchestra has become known.