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Manchester Orchestra Matches Expectations On Second Album

Of the Oakland Press

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After an attention-getting debut album, 2007’s “I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child,” Atlanta modern rockers Manchester Orchestra felt some weighty expectations for its justreleased sophomore set, “Mean Everything to Nothing.”

But keyboardist Christopher Freeman says he tended to worry more about the album’s impact on others rather than on the group itself.

“This is the first record we’ve made that affects other people’s jobs — that’s a little pressure right there,” notes Freeman, 21, who co-founded the quintet in 2005. “You become friends with the people who work with you at the record company, in management, at the booking agency.

“So if I don’t make a decent record, those people don’t have a decent band to promote. They might lose their jobs or not be able to put food on the table at home. And I don’t want to go back to work at Hollister folding clothes all day. So you feel like you have to make a good record.

“We had a moment of that, then pushed it aside and did what we wanted.”

Freeman feels that Manchester Orchestra did get “exactly what we wanted” on “Mean Everything to Nothing,” which he says mostly involved the songs’ dynamic range.

“We wanted to make the loud parts louder and the quiet parts quieter — and still have a ...hard-hitting record,” Freeman explains. “We wanted to be us, still, but try to show some sort of progression, which I think we did. And that’s awesome.”

Manchester Orchestra, Audrye Sessions, Winston Audio and Fun perform Tuesday (May 5) at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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