Bands to Watch #121: Magistrates

By on Thursday, 25th June 2009 at 2:00 pm

Magistrates (side)“Fresh, cutting edge and unashamedly sexual” is how indie pop quartet, Magistrates, initially describe themselves on their MySpace page biography. Forming back in 2007, the band’s music mainly consists of falsetto vocals, funky bass lines and super retro synths. Indeed, they are one big bundle of groovyness who musically count David Bowie, Prince, Talking Heads and 80s hip hop troupe, A Tribe Called Quest, as just some of their influences. They sound like an odd mixture of these vintage selections, while also echoing the beats of modern-day artists such as Klaxons, Golden Silvers and The Virgins. Add to that a splash of Magistrates own individual, soulful sound, and you prolly have a decent idea of how these guys roll (er…mind you…reading some fans’ comments on them, they’ve been likened to everyone from Take That to Placebo…).

Magistrates have already toured with the likes of La Roux and The Chapman Family. They are currently on the road, however, with fellow Essex band, Blur – a support slot many artists would willingly kill for. Checking out their Twitter page, Magistrates seem to be having fun with the recent reunionists, boasting how they look foward to “thrashing Damon at table tennis”. Rock and roll.

If you fancy hearing more from Magistrates, why not check out the video to the band’s single, ‘Heartbreak’, below:


And while you’re here, why not also hit their MySpace page.

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