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Editors’ Notes

Manchester Orchestra’s frontman Andy Hull has stated that the band’s third studio long-player Simple Math is a conceptual album, but his inward lyrics serve more as a memoir of the singer’s 23 years on planet Earth, where he questions how his life fits in with the concepts of love, marriage, sex, and religion. The subdued opener “Deer” pulses under delicately picked electric guitar as Hull’s wistful voice laments on how poorly he’s treated people. Gears immediately shift with the sludgy rock of “Mighty” as Hull admits his own stubbornness and fear of solitude while pining for a purpose and a post-jaded outlook. The instantly infectious “Pensacola” fuses ‘80s new wave with Death Cab For Cutie’s commercially accessible indie-rock where sunny melodies are contrasted with Hull’s fears. “April Fool” similarly rubs catchy power-pop against the grain of Hull’s uncertainty and self-doubting his roll as rock star. The album’s slow-burning title-track stands out with an elegant arrangement of synths and strings.

Customer Reviews

Doesn't get any better...

I admit I'm not one of those fans thats been in love with them since their first show or whatever, I discovered them after they released "means everything to nothing" ....and that was the day my life changed.

But with Simple just changed my life all over again.

Manchester are a blessing to this earth. Please never stop writing music :)


This band is the most influential band I've ever heard. Great album. Great band.


One song in and I already know I'm about to have my life changed.


Formed: 2004 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Andy Hull, the maturity of Manchester Orchestra's songwriting belied the fact that the bandmembers were barely legal when their group sprung into existence. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the indie rock outfit grew out of songs that Hull had begun writing while attending high school. Encouraged by positive response, he opted for home schooling during his senior year, which afforded him enough time to compose and record in the studio. Friends began collaborating with...
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