Friday, April 22, 2011
[spinner.com] Most musicians aren't the algebraic type, even when it comes to the simplest of equations. And when one of the major variables in the math problem happens to be love, the computation enters the field of quantum mechanics. But Manchester Orchestra's frontman Andy Hull is a tried and true scholar in the pursuit of dynamic relationship rebuilding.
The band's newest album 'Simple Math,' out May 10 via Favorite Gentlemen/Columbia Records, examines the turbulent times of Hull's marriage and the right equation to get back to the love he and his wife started with. Spinner recently spoke to Hull about the meaning of his new record and the band's powerful new video for the title track.
You guys are from Atlanta. What is it about Atlanta that breeds amazing music?
I feel like there's this weird kind of like inbred [laughs] ... I guess it's this inbreed between grunge and country, this bizarre mix of all these different bands. I guess there's still a root within all of us that's still got this weird vibe that you're talking about. I think the blues has a lot to do with it.
You moved from Atlanta to Canada, right?
Yeah, I lived in Atlanta for the first seven years, and then my dad is a pastor and my grandfather is a pastor. We [and] my dad moved to Toronto to pastor a church and he did that for seven years. He moved back to Atlanta then after that. I'm originally from the South, I just spent a seven-year tenure up north.
Were you influenced at all by the move?
Absolutely. To grow up in Toronto, it's an amazing city, from 7 to 14. Yeah, definitely. It was my childhood.
What was the hardest part about that transition?
I don't think it was that hard because it was home. Canada was always not home. We were going back home. The hardest transition in going to Canada was the fact that I was 7 years old.
When did you know you were going to make music for a living? Did any band or show you saw inspire you?
I figured it out at about 15 or 16. When did I realize I was going to make a living? Jesus, I hoped I was going to make a living at 15. I assume I started making a living a few years ago [laughs].
Pedro the Lion was a really big thing for me, Built to Spill. Those bands all of a sudden [took] me to this other place where early '80s-emo-punk probably couldn't go. That was probably around when I was 15.
As far as like a show, I remember seeing the Blood Brothers play at the Masquerade and it scaring me to my core. I'd never heard of them. I just went with a friend, and then shortly after that I realized that I want that power. I wanted that power just to shock people with sound.
READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:20 PM