Manchester Orchestra is a band I had been looking forward to seeing live for what seems like a short eternity. I first hear of the band when they appeared on EA Sports NHL 2008's awesome soundtrack which include the single "Wolves At Night".
Though the may hail from Atlanta, Georgia front man Andy Hull delighted the crowd by mentioning that he'd actually spent some of his childhood singing "Oh Canada" while growing up in Richmond Hill. He then proceeded to play his version of the anthem pumping up the crowd further. The band played mostly tracks from the latest release "Mean Everything To Nothing. This album was much harder than "I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child" and played out very well live. Though they ended off with "I've Got Friends" and having played the national anthem and a song about "50 cent" the highlight of the night was their version of "Where Have You Been" bringing out members of the opening band to bang feverishly on drums adding to the emotion of the song. Now I've always been a big Joy Division fan and I was pleasantly reminded of "A New Dawn Fades" while watching the band play this song. Easily one of the best live performances I've seen. Check out Manchester Orchestra at the official site.
One of the openers for Manchester Orchestra were Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro. Biffy Clyro was actually formed in 1995 by Simon Neil who happened to be fifteen at the time. Now after five studio albums the band has gathered a bit of a following. Chants of "Mon The Biff!" could be heard among the die hard fans. Biffy Clyro played a short set that was well received by the crowd. Check out Biffy Clyro at their official site.