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Manchester Orchestra @ Wellmont Theatre 11.13.11 (review, video)

Manchester Orchestra

The 2011 Pacsun Pac Tour made its way to the Wellmont Theatre on Sunday night. An array of hip hop tunes greeted concertgoers as they entered the venue eagerly waiting for the headlining act Manchester Orchestra.

Kicking things off was The Dear Hunter and they certainly got the crowd amped up . Opening with the track "We've Got A Score To Settle" the band played a short yet powerful set. The band is touring support of their 36-track release The Color Spectrum.

While the majority of the crowd weren't into Texas rockers White Denim there were several people in the crowd bopping along to the music. The band had a way of playing several songs back to back in such a fluid motion. While this is a nice thing, it didn't give the concertgoer enough time to process what just happened.

In the band's final song "I Start To Run" vocalist James Petralli did just that. After jogging several laps around the amps and drummer Joshua Black, he proceeded to howl into the mic ala James Brown. The group released their fourth album D this past May to critical acclaim.

At 9:15, Manchester Orchestra took the stage and the crowd erupted in cheers. Everything about their set was fantastic whether it was the crowd's hooting and hollering or vocalist Andy Hull turning the mic over to the crowd for the chorus of "I've Got Friends".

Manchester Orchestra played an extremely tight set which was both light and heavy in the right places (especially when they performed "I Can Barely Breathe"). You couldn't find one person in the venue that wasn't either headbanging or singing along as the band performed a very mixed set from all three albums.

The band recently stated this was their last U.S. tour for a while as they focus on side projects and the next M.O. record. If you weren't able to make it, check out some live video below. M.O.'s latest album Simple Math was released this May.