Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile To The Surface album review

The best Alt.Rock you can get this month

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Andy Hull’s band took a turn down grunge alley with 2013’s Cope, but here they’re on more familiar ground, with an emotional take on alternative indie rock inspired by the frontman’s new experiences in fatherhood, set to a soundtrack of lush harmonies, intense melody, proggy layers and shades of plaid-clad Americana.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.