Manchester Orchestra Web Transmission
The session is now live on the band's Myspace and available for all MySpace users to download for free. MySpace Music "Transmissions" is an in-studio session and interview that empowers top recording artists with a new platform to create and distribute exclusive video content for viral distribution and audio tracks made available for purchase.
Mean Everything To Nothing, the second album from Manchester Orchestra, is everything you want a rock record to be: raw, urgent, emotional, and 100 percent authentic. Inspired by the pounding, primal assault of Weezer's Pinkerton, Nirvana's In Utero, and Foo Fighters' The Colour and the Shape, this young band has created its own version of what a classic rock album should sound like, complete with fiercely beautiful melodies, shifting guitar and keyboard textures, loud/soft dynamics, and an urgency in each band member's performance, especially frontman Andy Hull's cathartic vocals.
A fully-realized album, 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 as he sought spiritual knowledge. 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."
"Transmissions" featuring Manchester Orchestra consists of stripped-back renditions of songs from Mean Everything to Nothing, including:
1) "I've Got Friends"
2) "Everything to Nothing"
3) "The River"
4) "Shake It Out"
All content from the session will be archived and available on-demand on the MySpace "Transmissions" profile and via "Transmissions'" MySpace Video channel. Users will also be able to add the content to their profiles, virally share the artists' videos throughout the network, and purchase the audio tracks via MySpace Music. MySpace "Transmissions" represents a progressive music model that truly enables artists and labels to share music with their fans on an organic and intimate platform. The program underscores MySpace Music's commitment to building unique music programming and business models that benefit labels, bands, and fans.
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