Manchester Orchestra made a long awaited return to Norfolk, VA on Wednesday night, playing to an enthralled crowd at The NorVa. The band is currently on tour in support of their recently released 4th studio album Cope.
The Atlanta five piece left no holds barred during the 90 minute set, bringing an energy and cohesiveness to the stage that infected the crowd with exuberance.
While every member of the band is talented, frontman Andy Hull's vocals have a unique quality that thankfully the band allows to shine through. The cover of Bad Books "42" (with Kevin Devine himself on co-vocals) is one of those moments, where Manchester Orchestra's large sound gets pared down just a bit and allows the audience to appreciate Hull in his own right.
Overall, Manchester Orchestra delight both their own die hard fans, and anyone else lucky enough to see them, by playing with a sincerity and energy that many bands in this generation leave behind.
If you missed Manchester Orchestra this time, they will be back on tour with The Mowglis and Brick + Mortar later this summer, as well as playing several festivals - including Lollapalooza.