Manchester Orchestra announce spring tour‏

Music News | By on Feb 23rd, 2009

Favorite Gentlemen/Canvasback are excited to announce that Manchester Orchestra have confirmed headlining US Tour dates. The tour will kick off on April 21st in Nashville, TN and come to a close on June 4th in Orlando, FL. Joining them on these dates will be the band FUN (featuring ex-members of The Format and Anathallo) as well as Audrye Sessions and Winston Audio. Fan presale tickets for the tour go on sale February 27th and will be available to the public on March 5th here. The start of the tour marks the date of the band’s much anticipated second full-length release. Entitled Mean Everything To Nothing, the new record delivers the most honest sound the band has created to date. It’s everything that a rock record should be: raw, urgent and authentic.

Mean Everything To Nothing is the sound of a band coming into its own after spending 300 days on the road in support of their debut album, 2007’s I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child — a coming-of-age chronicle that expressed the then 19-year-old Hull’s hopes and aspirations. Virgin was an attention-getting shot across the bow that Rolling Stone praised as “expansive in scope and rich in texture, even while remaining lyrically focused on small moments of revelation” and the New York Times called “music to swoon to.” But whereas the songs on the debut were voiced by a fictional cast of characters that Hull created to obscure his own emotions, the intensely personal songs on Mean Everything To Nothing are all him. “I was able to be more honest when singing as someone else,” admits Hull, who is now 22. “Now I’ve realized, although it’s incredibly difficult, it’s more powerful to just say it myself.”

The band’s chemistry is palpable on Mean Everything To Nothing, perhaps because, after more than a year of touring with such artists as Kings of Leon, Brand New, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Say Anything, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, as well as performing their own headlining shows, Manchester Orchestra has become a powerful and well-oiled machine

A few weeks before kicking into these new dates, the band will be doing an exclusive one-off show at Mercury Lounge in New York City on March 4th to preview their new material. They’ll also be showcasing new tunes at SXSW.

Manchester Orchestra Tour Dates:

4/21 Nashville, TN Exit In
4/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
4/23 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
4/24 Richmond, VA The National
4/25 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
4/26 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
4/29 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
4/30 Cambridge, MA Middle East
5/1 Rochester, NY Water St.
5/2 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s
5/3 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
5/5 Pontiac, MI Eagle Theater
5/6 Columbus, OH Skully’s
5/7 Covington, KY Mad Hatter
5/8 Chicago, IL Subterranean
5/9 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
5/12 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
5/13 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon
5/15 Seattle, WA El Corazon
5/16 Vancouver, BC Biltmore
5/17 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
5/19 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
5/21 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
5/22 San Diego, CA Voodoo Stage @ House of Blues
5/23 Tucson, AZ Congress
5/24 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse
5/26 Austin, TX Emo’s Inside
5/27 Dallas, TX The Loft
5/28 Houston, TX Walter’s
5/29 New Orleans, LA Spanish Moon
5/30 Oxford, MS Proud Larry’s
5/31 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
6/2 St. Petersburg, FL State Theater
6/3 Orlando, FL The Social
6/4 Orlando, FL The Social

More info can be found here or here.