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Fans already catching onto new Manchester Orchestra songs

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011

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Manchester Orchestra’s Jonathan Corley says he’s been surprised by the impact streaming the group’s new album, “Simple Math,” has had on the Atlanta band’s audiences during the spring.

“I had no idea what to anticipate by playing these new songs live,” notes Corley, 23. “But the other night we played three songs off the new album, and I was blown away that the majority of the kids absolutely knew the songs well, knew the words to the songs, and it wasn’t even out yet.

“The only way they could do that was to listen to the stream — although at this point I’m sure it’s been ripped and leaked. But it was very flattering that they’d spend enough time listening to it to know the words already.”

Corley says that “Simple Math,” the quintet’s third studio release — which came out Tuesday, May 10 — was approached “completely differently” from its two predecessors, resulting in an album that’s clearly more ambitious and advanced.

“I feel like this is a lot more dense and layered,” he explains. “A lot more time was spent in not only finding sounds but finding the correct parts to place on top of each other, rather than getting in a room together and playing songs as loud as we can.

“So it’s absolutely different in terms of dynamics than anything we’ve put out before. It crosses into a whole different area or sonic headspace. I really enjoy those (previous albums), but I’m excited this is something completely new and different.”

Manchester Orchestra, Cage The Elephant and O’Brother perform Tuesday, May 17, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 and $20.50. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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