Ever since their first album in 2006, “I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child,” Manchester Orchestra has constantly produced tracks with a blend of raw vocals and stand-out guitar rhythms.
The band will be performing tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion with Cage the Elephant and O’Brother.
Manchester Orchestra released its third full-length album, “Simple Math,” on May 9, the day after the band started its spring tour.
The band tries to produce a new product on every album, said bass player Jonathan Corley.
“Each record we try and do something completely different,” he said. “This record opens up a lot of possibilities catatonically.”
The album name “Simple Math” encompasses the direction of movement of this record through the recording process, Corley said.
“I think especially when … we truly set out to make a record we all enjoy, we bring different influences to the table,” Corley said.
Corley said the band has a wide variety of influences, including Modest Mouse and The Who.
“The entire band was listening to a lot of Neil Young’s ‘On the Beach’ leading up to the recording process of this album,” he said.
Corley said Manchester Orchestra’s music appeals to fans because of its ambiguity.
“It’s always interesting to me, especially lyrically, how many different ways people can interpret a specific song or specific lyrics in different ways,” he said.
Statistically, Corley said the single “I’ve Got Friends,” released in spring 2009 is Manchester Orchestra’s most popular song.
But that’s not always the case during performances.
“Show to show … it really catches me off guard which song people or … entire crowds will latch on to,” Corley said.
He said his favorite song to perform is either “Pride” or “April Fool,” but it changes from month to month.
Corley also films and edits the Manchester Orchestra’s podcasts and he said the next one will be out in a few days, mostly covering the group’s time in Rochester, N.Y.
“I’ve always been interested in the filmmaking process, editing and documenting what’s going on,” he said.
Lexie Alley, a first-year in international studies and psychology, said she has been listening to Manchester Orchestra for two years.
“I like the way their music is arranged,” Alley said. “It’s kind of chill, but at the same time it’s indie. It’s kind of like a very unique blend.”
Alley said Manchester Orchestra’s music is stimulating to listen to and figure out, because it’s not cookie-cutter material.
“It’s kind of dark sometimes which gets kind of annoying,” Alley said. “Overall, I really like them a lot.”
Alley said she had planned to see Manchester Orchestra perform for the first time tonight, but has a scheduling conflict.
Jeremy Marx, a fifth-year in English, said he is attending the show mostly to see Cage the Elephant, but has seen Manchester Orchestra perform live before.
“I happened to see them by chance when they played with Cage the Elephant and Silversun Pickups,” Marx said.
Marx said he liked Manchester Orchestra’s live show much better than its records, but heard “Simple Math” is amazing.
“I remember them being great live. Their music sort of lends itself to a live show with the way they build up a song so well and engage the crowd,” Marx said.
Marx first heard of Manchester Orchestra on the Columbus radio station CD101. Marx said they frequently played “I’ve Got Friends” after its release, which is a song he enjoys.
Doors open for tonight’s show at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $25.