Sunday, March 28, 2010


On April 9th the Soda City’s young and hip can look forward to another event with Atlanta, GA’s fast-rising stars of indie rock, MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA.  The band returns to Columbia in support of their new split EP and in continued support of their 2009 hit LP, “Mean Everything to Nothing.“   This album propelled an already growing level of popularity to new heights, topping out at #37 on the US Billboard 200 and as high as #8 on the US Alternative Album chart.  In this current year it has helped put them in front of thousands at Bonnaroo as well as during a co-headlining tour with Thrice, and it earned the band a cover feature in Alternative Press.
But Manchester Orchestra’s popularity is nothing new to Columbia.  The band has been making themselves a name at local venues for several years.  They’ve been doing sellout shows for much of that time - a pretty impressive feat for a band that’s just over five years old.  Their indie bashfulness and plethora of powerful rock influences (as various as pop rock, southern rock, and even rockin’ country) and regional proximity make them an obvious candidate for a local love affair.  They’ve simply become one of those bands that Columbia welcomes to town as one of it’s own, and we finally get to see them all grown up.
This time around, they’ll be sharing the stage at Jillian’s with main support from the powerful new wave inspired indie rock outfit, The Features.  Also along for the show are jangly pop rockers Biffy Clyro and O’Brother whose raw outbursts coupled with soft melody might very well steal the stage on any other night.  Make sure you’re there as some of indie rock’s best hit the stage in the Vista.

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