November 7, 2007

BMI Hosts Manchester Orchestra Nov. 15 at the Troubadour as BMI Pick of the Month

NOVEMBER 6, 2007 – Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra will be the BMI Pick of the Month on November 15 when they play Los Angeles’ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd); tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of.

Manchester Orchestra’s plan to play close to 200 shows in 2007 is well underway. The group has already made a triumphant appearance at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, as well as the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK.  They have completed U.S. tours with Brand New, Say Anything, Saves The Day, mewithoutyou, and Kings of Leon.  The band is currently on a co-headlining tour of the U.S. with Annuals and will be touring the U.K. in support of Kings of Leon in November and December.

Though Manchester Orchestra has been an actual band for only two years, this young quintet has crafted an album that sounds more aware and traveled than many of its older peers. Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Andy Hull, Manchester Orchestra’s debut LP, I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child, is a statement cinematic in scope — a series of emotional vignettes that delicately unravel over the course of an elegantly conceived musical arc.

The band released their latest album July 24 on their own label, Favorite Gentlemen, which has partnered with Canvasback Music and is being distributed through RED. The strength of I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child coupled with the band’s gift for giving powerful performances has caught the attention of many including Rolling Stone magazine, which raved about the band in its recent “10 Artists to Watch” feature.  The New York Times said, “This is a fundamentally immodest album:  music to swoon to.”  Hull is keeping pragmatic: “I think we need to play as many shows as we possibly can and just continue to have fun but maintain as much control as we can over our destiny and try to grow our band organically.”

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is a U.S. performing right organization that represents more than 350,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI’s just announced financial results, $839 million (U.S.) dollars in royalty collections for its 2007 fiscal year, are the highest for any copyright organization in the world. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for over 65 years. The non-profit-making U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

Hanna Pantle, BMI
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