Alternative rock, Musical Artist
Who is Andy Hull?
John Andrew Hull, better known as Andy Hull, is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter for the indie rock band Manchester Orchestra. He also has a side project Right Away, Great Captain!, as well as co-founder of a side project with friend and folk musician Kevin Devine by the name of Bad Books. Hull is also co-president of Manchester Orchestra's label Favorite Gentlemen.
Hull was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved with his family seven years later and grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario and moved back to Atlanta when he was 14 years old. His parents then bought him a guitar which he taught himself to play. A year later, he was writing and performing songs with a friend of his who played bass. After that band collapsed he started another one with Manchester Orchestra's keyboardist, Chris Freeman, on drums.
Hull initially intended Manchester Orchestra to be a solo project, with guest appearances by his friends. "I was listening to a lot of Morrissey and The Smiths," said Hull. "So the city of Manchester really fascinated me, as did the idea of being the leader of an orchestra and having all my friends come in to play."
Feeling increasingly alienated at his "small-town-Georgia, Christian high school" in suburban Atlanta, Hull spent his senior high school year studying at home. He also wrote and recorded his first full length album in 2004 during the same school year.