Manchester Orchestra is not, as one may assume, an orchestra from Manchester, England. In fact, though Manchester does have a long-established, permanent, professional symphony orchestra called the Halle, the American indie/emo quintet that goes by the name Manchester Orchestra would likely not step foot inside the Halle's hallowed halls.
When lead singer Andy Hull came up with the name Manchester Orchestra in 2005, he had something different in mind--he wanted to pay homage to seminal '80s New Wave bands like The Smiths and Joy Division/New Order that all hailed from Manchester. And though the band doesn't sound much like any of the aforementioned acts--they're often reminiscent of Nirvana or Pedro the Lion--Hull's voice has a uniquely vulnerable quality that is at once both earnest and commanding well beyond his 23 years.
After releasing a few LPs and a slew of EPs with names like I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child; You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, but Brilliance Needs a Good Editor; and Mean Everything to Nothing, the band has developed a sizeable following. It also doesn't hurt that Hull, lead guitarist Robert McDowell, keyboardist and percussionist Chris Freeman, bassist Jonathan Corley and drummer Jeremiah Edmond spend an insane amount of time on the road. Check out one of their many annual tour stops on Monday, March 15, at Knitting Factory with Biffy Clyro and O Brother.
Monday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:15 p.m. show, $13-$25, Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.