Great news Manchester Orchestra fans! For the first time since 2017′s A Black Mile To The Surface the beloved indie rock outfit will be releasing a brand new full-length album.
Titled The Million Masks Of God, the band’s new 11-track effort is set to hit stores April 30 via Loma Vista Recordings.
Elaborating on the group’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, which began one way and slowly shifted as an outlet to process the life of guitarist Robert McDowell’s father, vocalist/guitarist Andy Hull said:
“It started off really abstract, but as Robert’s dad’s fight with cancer got harder and harder those last couple years, I started making parallels in my mind to what I was actually writing about,” Hull explains. “It became an examination of my own faith. While Robert’s dad’s story certainly influenced this album, it’s equally about me coming to grips with the realness of adulthood and that there’s an expiration date to all of this—and how you’re going to live your life knowing that.”
Hull added, “There’s a decision we’re faced with when experiencing loss and the inevitable grief that follows. Do we let it sink us? Try to ignore it and pretend it’s not there? Or do we search and dig until we find signs of beauty in life and all of its experiences? In a way, the grief will always define you but being together and creating something meaningful from all of the hardships has been the most helpful tool I’ve found.”
Giving listeners their first glimpse into the new record, Manchester Orchestra has also debuted their gripping lead single “Bed Head.” Commenting on the exciting new track, Hull describes it as “two old friends existing in two separate realities, it’s a conversation about the lives they lived, the consequences of life’s decisions, and finding purpose in trying to be better.”
To check out the new song and accompanying music video, be sure to look below. Afterward, make sure to pre-order The Million Masks Of God here.
2. Angel Of Death
3. Keel Timing
4. Bed Head
7. Let It Storm
10. Way Back
11. The Internet