Manchester Orchestra's collaborations with Grouplove and Frightened Rabbit will be released as a special 12-inch single for Record Store Day, April 20th.
The single will feature the Manchester Orchestra/Grouplove collaboration "Make It To Me" and the Manchester Orchestra/Frightened Rabbit collaboration "Architect."
"We wanted to release some sort of 12-inch for Record Store Day, but we had no idea how it would come about, or with whom we could trick into doing it with us," said Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull. "I sent a text to the first two bands we wanted to work with and they said yes. Being friends with both Grouplove and Frightened Rabbit, we decided instead of doing a split, we'd make it a full on collaboration."
"This is our way of putting some Manchester Love on some Group Orchestra," added Grouplove's Hannah Hooper, who helped design the release's artwork. Manchester Orchestra's Chris Freeman also contributed to the artwork.
"Andy Hull's solo album 'Church Of The Great Thief' was pretty much my favourite record of 2012, so when the opportunity arose for us to write a song together I jumped at the chance," said Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison. "Strangely, we've never met, but via a string of emails and texts we managed to complete 'Architect.' I'm really proud of it."
For "Make It To Me," Manchester Orchestra sent Grouplove a "bare bones rock-ditty, which Grouplove transformed into an electronic explosion of funky grooves," explained Hull. For "Architect," both Hull and Frightened Rabbit lead singer/guitarist Scott Hutchison began talking about the song, and over time, sent voice memos back and forth before landing on its final version.
"I couldn't be happier with the end result and it certainly won't be the last time we collaborate with either band," said Hull.
Grouplove On Tour:
3/30 - CORE Party/Downtown Aspen - Aspen, CO
4/12 - John Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD
4/17 - University of Missouri - St. Louis, MO
4/18 - University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
4/20 - Iowa State University - Ames, IA
5/12 - BottleRock Music Wine & Food Festival - Napa, CA
5/17 - Hangout Music Festival - Gulf Shores, AL
6/1 - Wakarusa - Ozark, AR
Frightened Rabbit On Tour:
3/26 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
3/27 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
3/29 – Millvale, PA – Mr Smalls
3/30 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
3/31 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
4/3 – Providence, RI - Fete
4/4 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
4/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
4/7 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
4/8 – Carrboro, NC – Cat's Cradle
4/10 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
4/11 – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre
4/12 – Little Rock, AR – The Rev Room
4/13 – Dallas, TX – Trees