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New Music, New Art, and Tickets!

A little more than a week after officially announcing their self-titled debut album, Bad Books (the new project from Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra) responds to the tremendous fan support by giving away a free download of “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask” and offering a stream of the previously unheard “Please Move” on their Facebook page. Bad Books will see its release October 19th via Favorite Gentlemen, the record label that was founded and has been run by Manchester Orchestra since 2007.

You can now download “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask” below.
Bad Books – “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask”

Stream “Please Move” at www.facebook.com/BadBooksMusic

As songwriters go, Hull and Devine could not be further apart in terms of creative approach. The methodical wordsmith Devine, an English major from Fordham, is known to pine away for great lengths of time just to accurately pin-point one word within a lyric. “I was doing a take of ‘You’re A Mirror I Cannot Avoid’ and stopped myself for fifteen minutes because I was having trouble justifying ending two lines in the same chorus with the word ‘back.’ Just sitting there, staring at the screen, writing different word choices. I asked Andy if he thought it mattered, and he said, ‘Of course it doesn’t.’ Somewhere in that exchange is I think what differentiates us as songwriters. I think Andy trusts his instincts to lead him to the right place in a song, and sometimes I want to outthink my instincts because I’m scared of repeating myself, of resting on my laurels. And I think together, those two approaches meshed really, really well,” Devine said.

Hull echoes that sentiment: “Kevin is very meticulous, where I came in with a few ideas and fleshed them out literally as we were recording. Kevin’s songs were awesome and he was cool enough for me to throw in some ideas to change a part or add a bridge here or there.”

This October, Bad Books will be playing only four shows and the public tickets go on sale August 26 at 1pmEST at www.BadBooksMusic.com. Act fast, the number of tickets is very limited. Exclusive pre-order bundles are sold out in all markets except for Baltimore and those can be purchased at BadBooks.DucatKing.com.

10.20.10 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10.22.10 – T.T. The Bear’s Place – Cambridge, MA
10.23.10 – The North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10.24.10 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

Comments (7)

masonAugust 25th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Are there going to be additional tour dates announced, and if so when?

Dusten CaballeroAugust 25th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

come to new orleans

MikeAugust 25th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I really wish you guys would come a little closer to the midwest! I’m not sure if you have scheduling conflicts (which I would totally understand) but I know there are tons of people who would love to see you all live!

JaceyAugust 31st, 2010 at 4:06 am


SadieSeptember 25th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Yes! Edmonton Alberta! We love you!

DavidOctober 7th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Please come to the West coast! I’ve listened to the 3 songs from pre-order so many times and i seriously can’t wait for the album. Please consider expanding the tour a little bit in California

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