15 of Andy Hull’s best collaborations (Manchester Orchestra)

Pick up the Manchester Orchestra vinyl in our store including the new album The Million Masks of God (light blue vinyl) and their new Christmas album (red vinyl).

Not only Manchester Orchestra released one of the best albums of their career this year with The millions of masks of God, leader Andy Hull has also been on a roll in recent times with notable guest vocal appearances on songs by other artists. It feels like he’s doing it more than ever lately, but Andy has had some great collaborations for most of his career. He has one of the most distinct voices in indie rock and he really knows how to make a good song even better. We have collected 15 of them that we are particularly fans of. Read on for our list, in no particular order …

Every time I die – “Thing with feathers”

Like Manchester Orchestra, every time I die too released one of the best albums of their career this year with Radical, and one of the best songs on the album is a track unlike almost anything else in ETID’s discography: “Thing With Feathers”. It’s an atmospheric mix of indie rock, post-rock and post-hardcore – practically a ballad by ETID standards – and it’s a really punchy song that finds Keith Buckley singing about the death of his sister Jaclyn, saying goodbye to him, and sending him to the sky. When Andy Hull’s angelic voice complements Keith’s, it elevates the song to an even more lavish level.

Amore key – “Limelight”

Andy’s collaboration with Every Time I Die isn’t a hardcore song at all, but his collaboration with Touche Amore is. “Limelight” isn’t just a highlight of Touche Amore’s 2020 album Lament but of their entire career. It’s the most exciting and climactic song they’ve ever released, with Jeremy Bolm’s vocals growing in intensity as the song goes from a minimal intro to an explosive chorus. And when the bridge strikes, Andy enters, contrasting Jeremy’s scream with his unmistakably melodic voice, and helps bring Touche Amore’s music to previously uncharted territory.

Tigers Jaw – “I don’t care how you remember me”

“I demoed the first idea for this song in my old apartment in Fishtown Philadelphia and texted Andy Hull that day,” Tigers Jaw’s Ben Walsh recently told us. “He sent me a demo that he had written, so I sent him that demo. Later that year we were in the studio and I got the idea to ask him to sing on the track because there had been an early connection. ” The largely acoustic song is one of the sweetest moments on Tigers Jaw’s eponymous album, and Andy’s backing vocals make it even sweeter. “I was more than happy to be a part of this group’s incredible legacy on a small scale,” Andy added.

Weatherbox – “The devil and who?”

Like Manchester Orchestra, the eternally underrated Weatherboxes are lumped together with emo but tend to have more in common with indie rock, especially on their third (and possibly last) album, 2014 Fly in all directions. One of the best songs on this album is “The Devil and Whom?”, A gnarly folk slow-burner that ends up becoming an accelerated bridge, and when it does, Andy arrives, tuning in first. with Brian Warren on a long “heeeeeey” before taking his own turn and delivering a verse that feels straight out of the early Manchester Orchestra era.

Manchester Orchestra and Julien Baker – “Bad Things To Such Good People” (cover of Pedro the Lion)

Julien Baker had frequently cited the Manchester Orchestra as an influence, and once Andy heard his music, the admiration turned out to be mutual. They finally met in person in 2016, and they recorded this Pedro The Lion cover on the same day. “We first met in person about 30 minutes before we started sketching out our recreation,” Andy said. “It didn’t take me about five minutes to realize how talented and layered rich Julien is.” It’s a wonderful, atmospheric piano-based cover that reinvents the song and is just as crucial as the original.

Manchester Orchestra and the Frightened Rabbit – “Architect”

In 2013, Manchester Orchestra released a 12 “single for Record Store Day with two collaborations, one with Grouplove and one with Frightened Rabbit.” Andy Hull’s solo album ‘Church Of The Great Thief’ was pretty much my when the opportunity arose for us to write a song together, I jumped at the chance, ”said the late Scott Hutchison at the time, and they released a sweet and charming acoustic song that put featuring the two singers exchanging verses and harmonizing with It’s Up There with the best material either band has ever released (after Scott’s death, Manchester paid tribute with a touching cover of “My Backwards Walk”.)

Manchester Orchestra and Grouplove – “Make It To Me”

Let’s jump right into the Grouplove collaboration of that same 12 “. According to Andy, he sent Grouplove a” bare bone rock song “and they” turned into an electronic blast of funky grooves, “which describes that song very accurately. It’s a propulsive, very catchy song, and the vocals of Andy, Christian Zucconi and Hannah Hooper sound great together.

Bad Books – “You wouldn’t have to ask”

Andy has rubbed shoulders with many other vocalists / songwriters over the years, but perhaps none more than Kevin Devine, with whom he formed Bad Books, a group that has so far released three albums. Usually songs have one singer or the other in mind, sometimes with the other providing harmonies, but on this gem of Bad Books’ debut, Andy and Kevin sing in unison all the time, like a version. indie-punk by Simon & Garfunkel. The two have very distinct voices, and on this song they come together to create something that is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Say anything – “Six Six Six”

Say Anything has long loved guest singers, and it was perhaps most evident in 2014 Hebrews, an album that favors string arrangements rather than guitars, and employs impressive guest singers on each track. “Six Six Six” stars Max Bemis joined by his wife Sherri DuPree-Bemis (from Eisley), Jon Simmons from Balance & Composure and Andy Hull, and Andy’s appearance is a highlight. The otherwise upbeat song turns into an aerial ballad across the bridge, and Andy arrives with a soaring, reverberated voice that makes the whole thing totally supernatural.

O’Brother – “Sputnik”

The Manchester Orchestra took the muddy post-hardcore Atlanta band O’Brother under their wing early on, with Andy and bandmate Robert McDowell producing their debut album in 2011. Garden window, which featured Andy singing on three songs. His most notable appearance came on “Sputnik”. The dark, alternative rock-infused song is closer to Thrice than it is to Manchester Orchestra, but when Andy walks in, there’s no doubt who it is, and his higher-pitched voice makes a nice contrast to Tanner Merritt’s gritty roar.

The Dear Hunter – “A Curse of Cynicism”

After helping define progressive post-hardcore in The Rencing End of Sirens, Casey Crescenzo went even more prog with his next project, The Dear Hunter. Almost all of Dear Hunter’s projects are ambitious, and one of his most ambitious was The color spectrum, a series of nine EPs (Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Purple, White) which channel all different musical genres. The Red EP had a heavier, more grungy sound, and it featured Andy Hull singing over three of his four songs. One of them, “A Curse of Cynicism”, also features O’Brother’s Tanner Merritt. It’s hard to pick just one of these songs because all three are good for different reasons, but I chose “A Curse of Cynicism” because it’s one of the most exciting vocal performances of my career. dandy. He really knows how to scream and scream without losing his sense of melody, and this song finds him doing it to the max.

The Front Bottoms & Manchester Orchestra – “Allentown”

In conjunction with the group’s 2018 co-star tour, The Front Bottoms and Manchester Orchestra released the collaborative single “Allentown”. It’s much more ethereal than either group is generally known to be, and it finds Andy Hull and Brian Sella exchanging whispered verses in a melancholy duet. It’s a great trail.

Winston Audio – “Staying the Course”

Winston Audio were a grungy band from Atlanta, the hometown of the Manchester Orchestra, and their latest album (2009’s The red rhythm) was released on Manchester Orchestra’s Favorite Gentleman label the same year Manchester Orchestra released their most grungy album, Means all for nothing. Andy was producing a shouted growl on a regular basis around this time, and it suited this grunge-punk ripper perfectly.

Paris Jackson – “eyelids”

Paris Jackson may be Michael’s daughter, but her own music is nothing like hers. His first album in 2020 faded channels the dark, indie pop that has become mainstream in the post-Lana Del Rey / Lorde / Billie Eilish world, with some country flourishes here and there, and it features a spacious and atmospheric production of Andy Hull and Robert McDowell. Andy is also in a duet with Paris on the song “eyelids”, and he gives one of the most delicate performances of his career. If you like breathtaking Manchester Orchestra songs like “I Can Feel Your Pain” and “I Can Feel A Hot One”, you’ll love this one.

BONES – “Tell MeSomethingIontKnow”

Here’s one that is unlike anything else on this list. In 2018, Andy hopped on a track from Oakland’s emo / cloud rapper BONES, and Andy’s hushed delivery is perfect for the moody electronic production of that song. In some ways, it’s no different from the more electronic moments on The millions of masks of God.

Pick up the Manchester Orchestra vinyl in our store including the new album The Million Masks of God (light blue vinyl) and their new Christmas album (red vinyl).

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