Observe how the Atlanta-based rockers keep instruments in the family and take a pragmatic approach by hitting the road with everyman gear to morph between their brutal heavy riffs and beautiful, cinematic soundscapes.

Before Manchester Orchestra’s headlining Sunday night show at the prestigious Ryman Auditorium, PG’s Chris Kies swooped in to hang with guitarist Robert McDowell who showed off his meat-and-potatoes setup (and guitarist/vocalist Andy Hull’s gear), while bassist Andy Prince (above) explained his move towards an all-tube amp sound that pushed him away from low-end-sucking pedals.

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