Manchester Orchestra

A few days back, Foxing, Tigers Jaw and Manchester Orchestra graced Los Angeles with their presence. The “A Black Mile to the Surface” club was at the Novo, formerly known as Club Nokia. This was my very first time seeing both Foxing and headliners, Manchester Orchestra.

Foxing opened the show, and you would have thought they were the headliners due to the crowds’ excited reaction and cheers. To be honest, I had absolutely no idea what to expect with Foxing as this was my first time ever listening to them. I caught Connor Murphy’sother band, Smidley, while they were opening up for Tigers Jaw this past July, so I imagined Foxing might have a similar sound. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and I mean this in a good way. Their set was reminiscent of The Appleseed Cast, Explosions In The Sky, and American Football.

Tigers Jaw recently finished up their first batch of tours in support of their newest release, Spin. I have to admit, when it comes to Tigers Jaw, I am absolutely spoiled. I have honestly seen them more times in the past ten years than I can count on both feet and hands five times over-and they only get better. Their set was a perfect mix of old crowd favorites (I Saw Water, TheSun) and new songs that everyone already knows all the words to (June, It Follows). They closed the set with Window, adding a more upbeat and extended ending. My only complaint about the set is that I wish it was longer.

This tour is the first in support of Manchester Orchestra’s latest release, A Black Mile to the
Surface. With ABMTTS being the bands first release in three years, this was an exciting night for Angeleno fans. The band opened up with “The Maze”-the first song on ABMTTS, which also happens to be the bands first release in three years. With ten plus years of history and five studio albums, Manchester Orchestra has one of the most loyal fan bases in the business.


Photos: Danielle Parsons

Manchester Orchestra


The Maze
The Gold
The Moth
Shake It Out
Pale Black Eye
I’ve Got Friends
I Can Barely Breathe
The Alien
The Sunshine
The Grocery
Simple Math
Colly Strings
The River
I Can Feel a Hot One
The Silence