Jeremiah Edmond of The Manchester Orchestra
By Phil Hood Published September 24, 2009
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Previous Bands: I played in a bunch of punk and hardcore bands in middle school and high school but nothing too serious.
Drums: C&C Custom kit. 14x22, 9x13, 16x16 mahogany shells. 6.5x14 black chrome over brass snare.
Cymbals: All Paiste 15" Giant Beat Hi-Hats, 22" 2002 crash (sometimes replaced with a 24" Giant Beat), 24" 2002 crash, 24" 2002 ride. I also have a pair of 15" sound edge hi-hats and a 20" giant beat crash for the studio.
Hardware/Pedals: Iron Cobra Power Glide Kick Pedal, Tama Hi-Hat stand, Pearl S1000D Snare Stand, 3 Tama Stage Master Boom Cymbal Stands, Tama Wide Rider Trio Drum Throne.
Sticks: Vater 2B wood tip. They seem to break less often than other sticks I have used and don't have any weird coating that will blister my hands.
Drumheads: At the moment I am trying something new. Evans EC Reverse Dot Snare Head, EC2 Tom Heads, EQ3 Kick Drum Head. My standard setup used to be Snare: Remo Coated Controlled Sound, Toms: Remo Coated Emperor, Kick: Remo Powerstroke 4.
Originating from Atlanta, Georgia, The Mancheter Orchestra was the product of singer/songwriter Andy Hull's frustrations with small-town suburban Georgia. During his senior year in high school, Hull spent much of his time writing and recording, collaborating with bassist Jonathan Corley, and drummer Jeremiah Edmond, culminating in the rise of the Manchester Orchestra.
In 2005, through their own label, they released their EP You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs a Good Editor. The succes of their EP led to touring dates across the Southeast and word of their arrival began to spread beyond the local music scene.Their newest album offers more of the heartfelt lyrics, clean vocals and solid, straightforward grooves that's driven their success. Jeremiah Edmond was kind enough to answer some of our questions, here's what he had to say ...
What's the greatest thing going on for the band right now?
We released our second full length album this year titled "Mean Everything To Nothing" and have been touring in support of it all year. Our first single "I've Got Friends" made it to #8 on the Modern Rock charts which was huge for us. We never expected it to do so well. We are currently releasing our second single "Shake It Out" and will be out touring with Silversun Pickups/Cage The Elephant and then with our good friends in the band Brand New this fall. Brand New helped us a great deal by taking us on our first full US tour so it will be really cool to be back out with them.
What do you like most about touring?
I love being able to see other amazing bands each night and be inspired by them. I also love the relationships and community that is built between the other bands and people we meet on the road and how we randomly we end up crossing paths. It could be anywhere in the world. I love being in another country or continent and running into friends we have toured with.
What are the band's current recording plans?
No set plans for recording our next album at the moment. We have our own studio in Atlanta so whenever we are home we are recording one thing or another. I would guess that we will start working on demos for the album in the summer of 2010.
Do you play your drum parts onstage exactly the same way that you recorded them?
Not exactly but usually pretty close. When you are playing the songs 250-300 days a year they tend to evolve in certain ways. It usually isn't even something I do on purpose. For example I just listened to "I've Got Friends" today and realized I have been playing the chorus pattern a little differently than on the record. I think it is a little more natural now. It feels better.
How often do you change heads?
I used to have to change snare heads every show or 2 and tom heads every 2 or 3 shows. With the latest album I tried to write parts where I wasn't just bashing the drums as much and have tried to be a bit more controlled live as well. I can usually get 2 or 3 shows out of a snare now and about 3 from my toms. Kick drum heads will usually last me until a break a pedal and it messes up the head or something.
Do you use the same setup on stage and in the studio?
I use the same layout/setup but am constantly changing drums and cymbals depending on what the song needs. A lot of it depends on what room we are recording in and how it reacts to the cymbals since they are larger and louder than most. My stage kit isn't a loud kit so certain times I have to pick a kit that will speak a little more loudly in the room so that the room mics get an even balance of kit and cymbals.
Tell us about coming up with the drum parts. In the Manchester Orchestra you have to support very slow melodic songs and then ravers like "Shake It Out." Do you lay down basic tracks and then revise after other instruments are added? What's the creative process?
Half the time Andy (singer/guitarist) will come in with a pretty structured song and I will listen to him and the other guys play it a few times through and kind of write parts in my head based on how the songs moves me rhythmically. I will then start playing with them and Jonathan(bass) will start writing along with me. He and I then play together alone for a bit to solidify our parts and make sure we are playing off each other well. The other half of the time we all just start playing off a riff at the same time and it usually just comes together really quickly. In those times I usually have a pretty immediate idea of what I am going to play and then it just evolves as the other guys solidify their parts and I play off of them. "I Can Feel A Hot One" is the exception. We recorded that for an EP with just Andy. Robert, our producer Dan Hannon and I. Robert and Andy had the song pretty much finished and didnt plan on having drums but as soon as I heard the song I had the drum part in my head so they let me lay it down on my own one day and they liked it when they heard it and decided to keep it.
Which of your tunes would you like all the drummers out there to hear?
I think "Wolves At Night" from our album "I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child" is probably the one drummers usually enjoy the most. I am pretty proud of "Shake It Out" from "Mean Everything To Nothing" as well.