Following a cryptic countdown, Manchester Orchestra have announced that their new album ‘The Million Masks Of God’ will be out on 30th April via Loma Vista Recordings.
Sharing new track ‘Bed Head’ to celebrate, Andy Hull says, “‘Bed Head’ is 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.”
“If Black Mile was this idea of ‘from birth to death,’” he continues of the new record, “this album would really be more about ‘from birth to beyond, focusing on the highs and lows of life and exploring what could possibly come next.”
Originally based around a fictitious character, ‘The Million Masks Of God’ began to process the emotions of the Robert McDowell’s father’s battle with cancer. “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,” Andy 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.”
“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?” he adds. “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.”
Listen to ‘Bed Head’ below.
‘The Million Masks Of God’ Tracklisting:
2. Angel Of Death
3. Keel Timing
4. Bed Head
7. Let It Storm
10. Way Back
11. The Internet
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