Manchester Orchestra bassist Jonathan Corley says Detroit “scared the (you-know-what) out of me” when his band played at the Fillmore last fall.
“I walked out in the rain; I was going to grab a coffee somewhere,” Corley, 22, recalls. “I went across two city blocks and came to a street that was blocked off, with two cop cars with their lights on — and an army tank and 80 people in fatigues running with machine guns.
“I thought I walked into the middle of a war zone.”
Corley quickly realized he walked into the middle of the set of the re-make of “Red Dawn” and wound up meeting a production manager and hanging out on the set for a bit. “It was an interesting moment,” he says with a laugh.
The Atlanta modern rock quintet, meanwhile, is planning to make some interesting musical moments for its fans in the near future. Manchester Orchestra is approaching the one-year anniversary of its second album, “Mean Everything to Nothing,” and is in the midst of a 75-date tour. But the group has a third album in it crosshairs, and Corley predicts it will be back in the studio shortly after the current road trip winds down.
“We’ve been demoing songs for this new record,” he says, “and we’ve got a couple of songs we’re kind of working out during sound checks, and we’ve got a few songs we’ve been rotating through our set. I think the new stuff will be a lot louder and a lot quieter — hopefully more dynamic than things we’ve done in the past.
“Hopefully, we’ll begin to record over the summer and be done later this fall. We’re all excited to move through the recording process again.”
Manchester Orchestra the Features, Biffy Clyro and O’Brother perform at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $14 in advance, $17 day of show. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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