Manchester Orchestra Share Video For The Grocery, Kick-off Massive Tour

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Brooklyn – Manchester Orchestra today debuted their new video for “The Grocery” off their acclaimed new album A Black Mile To The Surface out now on Loma Vista Recordings. The video, directed by Johnny Chew, brings to life framed family photos throughout various generations. Chew explains, ”I based the idea for the video on the concept of a family’s pain and struggles being passed down through generations. Every family has a weird history they try to ignore or overcome. Rather than focusing on a concrete narrative, I wanted a more loose, visceral experience as if we have just stumbled across these family heirlooms and are trying to make sense of them ourselves, with only hints and suggestions to what was truly going on.”

Manchester Orchestra kicked off a massive headlining U.S. tour this week, with a show tonight at the House of Blues in Houston, TX and upcoming dates at The Novo in Los Angeles on September 14th and at Terminal 5 in New York City on September 29th. U.K. and European dates will follow later this fall. A current itinerary is below; tickets are on-sale now HERE.

“The Grocery” follows the sweetly surreal video for “The Sunshine” — the first music video written and directed by directing duo The Daniels in three years – and The Daniels’ collaboration with director Mike Dempsey on “The Alien” video, which premiered on NPR Music. Serving as creative directors for all the artwork and videos of A Black Mile To The Surface, The Daniels’ creative partnership between the band first began around the film-like music video for Manchester Orchestra’s “Simple Math” in 2011 (Vimeo’s Music Video of the Year) and lead to singer/guitarist Andy Hull and co-writer/multi-instrumentalist Robert McDowell’s acclaimed score for the directors’ 2016 feature film debut and Sundance hit Swiss Army Man (which broke the top 10 in iTunes Soundtracks chart).

A Black Mile To The Surface debuted at #2 on iTunes’ Albums chart upon release and has been earning the band critical acclaim, with rave reviews coming in from PitchforkEntertainment WeeklyNew York Magazine VultureUproxxAlternative PressKerrang, and more. Leading up to the release, Manchester Orchestra played two sold-out intimate performances at NYC’s Mercury Lounge and LA’s Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and performed singles “The Gold” and “The Alien” on CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions, with a web-exclusive bonus performance of “The Parts.”

Always a band to push themselves creatively with each subsequent release, Manchester Orchestra has expanded their dynamic sound to peak form on the cinematic and epic A Black Mile To The Surface. The album — featuring 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 — showcases a band that rethought, deconstructed, and rebuilt their songwriting process to propel their music into a new emotional arena, drawing on Hull and McDowell’s unique experience scoring Swiss Army Man. Throughout recording the album, the band opened up their collaborative process and pushed themselves to go against their first instincts at every turn.

A Black Mile To The Surface is a bold record of vision and purpose, inspired by and dwelling in a sensory and imaginative experience. 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.


Manchester Orchestra U.S. Tour:

09/08 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

09/09 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s

09/10 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

09/12 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

09/13 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park

09/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo

09/15 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

09/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

09/18 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

09-19 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox

09/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

09/22 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

09/23 – Kansas City, MO @ The Crossroads

09/24 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

09/26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

09/27 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore

09/29 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

09/30 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

10/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

10/03 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

10/04 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz

10/05 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

10/06 – Columbia, SC @ The Music Farm

10/07 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

10/21 – Manchester, England @ Academy 2

10/22 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The Garage

10/23 – Leeds, England @ The Church

10/24 – Birmingham, England @ O2 Institute

10/26 – London, England @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

10/27 – Brighton, England @ Concorde 2

10/28 – Bristol, England @ SWX

10/30 – Cologne, Germany @ Gebaude 9

10/31 – Paris, France @ Les Etoiles

11/01 – Brussels, Belgium @ VK

11/02 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg

11/03 – Berlin, Germany @ Franz

11/04 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow