hmv.com reviews... Manchester Orchestra @ Cardiff's CF10
Atlanta's finest alt-rockers Manchester Orchestra lit up Cardiff last night and we were there to review things...
Atlanta heartswellers Manchester Orchestra.
At a very hot and sweaty CF10 in Cardiff.
Any good supports?
Opening act Bad Books are a folky combination of the other support act Kevin Devine and members of Manchester Orchestra. Their final song in particular had the whole crowd attentively listening to every word. Usually during support acts the crowd are talking or uninterested but during this set there was complete silence everywhere and it made for a real intimate moment.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Inside such a hot and humid room you would have thought it would stop people moving about however some dared to brave it right at the front with the heavy movement. Fists were being pumped in the air throughout with sing-alongs from the front and back of the room.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Opening with a one-two gut punch of 'Pride' and 'Shake It Out' from their 2009 effort Mean Everything To Nothing is a great way to start. The show began rather quietly and delicately for the first few minutes but when it kicked in it got loud....very loud! And the volume didn't dip for the rest of the set; the energy was especially high for songs such as 'Top Notch' and 'The Ocean' off of their latest full-on album Cope. The set is also peppered with crowd favourites such as 'Simple Math' and a version of 'I've Got Friends' which got everyone in front row jumping.
It all finished rather intimately with stripped downed versions of 'Deer' and a wonderfully pitched 'Wolves At Night'. Just hearing a guitar and the voice of singer Andy Hull showed off the song in the haunting way it's meant to be heard. It was all topped off with a version of everybody's favourite 'The Fresh Prince Of Bell Air' in a surprisingly calming way, something that put a massive smile on the faces of everyone in the crowd.
Any good between song banter?
A few jokes and plenty of interaction with the audience throughout the set, including a joke about how their late change in venue meant that they were playing in the "cafeteria".
Did they put on much of a show?
For an intimate setting there wasn't much in terms of staging but the lights were impressive as they swept through the crowd particularly during 'Simple Math' and the volume was quite literally turned up to 11!
What was the highlight of the set?
'Shake It Out' had the crowd cheering from its opening couple of notes and was a perfect way to help open up the set.
Where can I catch them next?
They finish their tour on Tuesday 7th October at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire from which afterwards they shall be touring around America again promoting their new album Cope (which you can preview on the right of the page) with acoustic versions off of their latest release.