Manchester Orchestra’s current tour kicked off in Florida in the first week of September and has since steam rolled its way around the country before coming to New York City last Friday night. The band released their latest album A Black Mile To The Surface during the summer to critical acclaim. These monsters of rock who have been around since 2004 have over the years gathered a very loyal fanbase, and, they turned out in force to welcome them to Terminal 5.
Opening act Foxing kicked off the evening and have become one of my favorite discoveries of 2017. The St Louis based chamber pop / indie rock band took immediate control of the room and had everyone rocking out to a feast of incredible songs. They had a 20 minute slot which they made the very most of and had the crowd in the palm of their hands.
Tigers Jaw from Scranton, PA have been around almost as long as Manchester Orchestra and these folks also have a new record out which we had a good taste of during their set. Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins are the backbone of the band and and it was another high energy performance with plenty of participation from a crowd who were obviously up to speed with their songs.
Manchester Orchestra hit the stage and opened with “The Maze.” These guys do not mess around and took us through their back catalog all the way to their debut album I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child with the brilliant “I Can Barely Breathe.” Other highlights on the setlist included “The Alien” and “Simple Math.”
This being their first release in about three years there was a lot of fans talking about how they produce the goods time and time again, and, it is always worth the wait. The set was just over 90 minutes and they came back out to do two songs for their encore “I can feel a hot one” and “100 Dollars.” The tour continues in the US until October 14th and then resumes for a European stint starting on October 22nd in the UK.
The album A Black Mile To The Surface is out now across all platforms.
Shake It Out
Pale Black Eye
I’ve Got Friends
I Can Barely Breathe
I Can Feel a Hot One
Article: Anthony Mulcahy