Manchester Orchestra's forthcoming Mean Everything To Nothing is my favorite album of the year so far. It doesn't hit stores until the end of April, but thanks to the kind folks at Columbia, my car's been rocking the disc since February. (Sick brag!) In my small, humble opion, Mean Everything is the logical successor to Foo Fighters' seminal The Colour And The Shape and a kindred spirit to both Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea and Weezer's Pinkerton. It's full of raw angst and unfiltered poetry, capturing what it's like to be a twentysomething on the precipice of a new, adult life, split between shunning that tide or reluctantly embracing it. The music is so perfectly composed of passion, quirk and feedback that the band's sound and influences are immediate. I guess I just can't say enough about it. Look for a full review as the release date approaches.
Anyway, hopefully I've gotten you excited, or at least curious enough to check out the videos for the first two songs on the album, "The Only One," and "Shake It Out." The band enlisted directors Clay Lipsky and Jason Bognacki to helm clips for all twelve songs from Mean Everything, similar to what Death Cab For Cutie did with Plans a couple years ago. The videos are being unveiled each week before the album hits, and you can find the aforementioned first two clips in the replies, via Absolute Punk and Spin. Enjoy!
The Only One:
The Only One:
Shake It Out: