Don’t Miss Manchester Orchestra on Sunday

November 11th, 2011

Some bands hatch fully formed, some peak early and others steadily improve, like a fine wine. Andy Hull (vocals and rhythm guitar) started writing songs in high school in suburban Atlanta. And while the tunes might not have been fully formed, he began to flesh them out with friends Jonathan Corley (bass) and Jeremiah Edmond (drums). Soon enough, Manchester Orchestra was born. (The name comes from the English city that begat the likes of Oasis, Joy Division and the Smiths.) With Tim Very replacing Edmond and Chris Freeman (keys) and Robert McDowell (lead guitar) joining, the band eventually became a five-piece. The group’s first full-length, I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child, came out in 2006. And with the release of each successive EP and a LP, including this year’s Simple Math, the band’s storytelling has gotten tighter and its sound has improved. And you can see Manchester Orchestra (above, playing “Virgin” on Late Show with David Letterman) on Sunday at The Wellmont Theatre. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss the opener, White Denim.