Manchester Orchestra has always been a great band to see live, to the point where you’d think that they should be playing much bigger venues than they do now. But this means that they have cracked the code for mesmerizing audiences with a moody & precise stage presence to accompany their emotional, sometimes volatile, dark and hard-hitting alternative sound.
The seasoned indie rock band brought Michigander and Foxing out on this tour with them. Before Foxing & Manchester Orchestra took the stage, Michigander’s well-crafted and melodic alternative sound quickly won over the crowd and led to closing with a sing along. Foxing followed, providing a good transition with a heavier more experimental sounding set that favored their newer material and ended on a perfect note with “Nearer My God”.
Manchester Orchestra last released an album in April 2021 called “The Million Masks of God”, but artfully crafted a setlist that was equally heavy on new music as it was on old fan favorites. The band opened with 4 consecutive tracks off of their new album before starting to pick up the pace with old top track “I Can Barely Breathe”. “Dinosaur” and “The Internet”, both from their most recently released album, were stand outs of the set for their momentum towards climaxes that almost turn the song into something different completely. While certain expected hits like “Shake It Out” and “I Can Feel A Hot One” were missing from the setlist the crowd was still mesmerized by the entire show. On this tour, Manchester Orchestra has once again proved that they are many-sided musicians and are one of the best live bands that you can ever see.