Manchester Orchestra has released a documentary, I Know How To Speak, that offers an exclusive look into the making of their acclaimed 2017 album, A Black Mile To The Surface.
The Ted Roach-directed documentary, which premiered during a Spotify Fans First Event earlier this week at Atlanta, GA’s storied Plaza Theatre, shares its name with the band’s recent single that will be released as a limited edition 7” on August 3rd.
Fans can watch I Know How To Speak by taking a journey to the surface via a unique, immersive digital experience on Manchester Orchestra’s website that features additional behind the scenes footage, Genius album track annotations by singer/guitarist Andy Hull, and previously unreleased demos -- which were also released today as The Black Mile Demos EP.
Hull said in a statement:
“It’s been nearly one year since we released A Black Mile To The Surface. Since then, so many beautiful things have happened... A worldwide tour of playing these songs to our incredible fans, who have embraced this album in the most heartfelt way and truly moved us beyond words. We are currently in the middle of the craziest summer schedule we’ve had as a band, playing amazing festivals to wonderful crowds all over America, and having more fun than ever.
Today we are releasing two projects at once, something that we have never done before. First, a fly on the wall glimpse of the process of making this album -- the good and the bad, the ups and the downs. I Know How to Speak encompasses the wide range of emotions that the studio process brings, and we hope you enjoy seeing the work behind the scenes. We are also releasing a collection of these songs’ original demos in their earliest, rawest form. The Black Mile Demos are the seeds of how this all started. The initial, rough-around-the edges recordings, done with one microphone in some distant and often strange locations before they were continued to be worked on in Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain studio.”
Manchester Orchestra live dates:
7/08 - Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
7/19 - Oshkosh, WI @ Waterfest
8/03 - Montreal, Canada @ Osheaga Festival
8/04 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues (Official Lollapalooza Aftershow)
8/05 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/7 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
8/08 - Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
8/09 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford
8/10 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City Bham
8/11-12 - Redmond, WA @ 107.7 The End Summer Camp
10/5 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/6 - San Bernardino, CA @ Cal Jam
10/12 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits