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Bands to Watch #25: Magic Wands

 
By on Tuesday, 12th August 2008 at 7:21 pm
 

The White Stripes did it. Sonny and Cher did it. Johnny and June, they did it too. Now Nashville based Magic Wands are the latest loved-up couple bringing music to our ears.

The fairytale began in 2007 when Chris became addicted to a song he found on MySpace. ‘Teenage Love,’ penned by Dexy, is about that kind of butterflies-in-tummy adolescent lust: “This teenage love has got me stuck / Come over now so we can fuck.”

He got in touch and soon they were on the phone ’til the early hours, writing songs for each other and sending gifts across the miles like toy lions, handwritten poems and a glowing heart lamp. Yes indeedy, they were in love.

Both had come from a punk background and wanted to start afresh with something different. ‘Kiss Me Dead’ was the first song they recorded together. Over the internet.

Seperated by 2000 miles, the lovestruck pair decided that their future was together. Chris drove to Los Angeles where they hit it off- playing guitars, visiting old churches and wearing crowns they bought at a magic shop.

The couple finally made the move to Chris’s home in Tennessee where they started recording under the name Magic Wands, taken from Dexy’s favourite gift from Chris.

But the music isn’t quite as sickly as you would expect. Think David Bowie’s Goblin King. They’re a bit dark, a bit rebellious and very sexy. They will put a spell on you and you will like it.

With Chris giving us fuzzed-up guitar riffs and Dexy playing the role of a nu-rave Blondie, you can catch the Magic Wands touring America accompanied on stage by a five foot stuffed lion.

This is a tale about love, dreams and growing up. And it has a very happy ending.

MP3: Magic Wands – Black Magic

MP3: Magic Wands – Teenage Love

Magic Wands will release an EP in the Autumn.

 

One off shows for Magic Numbers and Hot Chip

 
By on Thursday, 18th October 2007 at 11:23 pm
 

Magic NumbersTwo special one off shows have been announced from the Magic Numbers and Hot Chip (not collectively, individually!)

Hot Chip will play London’s Electric Ballroom on Thursday 22nd November when they’ll preview tracks from their new album, ‘Made In The Dark’, which is released on February 4th next year. Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow.

Meanwhile Magic Numbers will be playing Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank on Wednesday December 5. They’ll be backed by the Robert Kirby String Orchestra for what will surely be an amazing evening.

 

Keane, Pet Shop Boys + Friends for War Child Shows

 
By on Tuesday, 18th September 2007 at 11:25 am
 

KeaneKeane are set to host a mammoth night at Brixton Academy in November in aid of the War Child Charity. The band, who have supported the charity for a couple of years now are releasing the War Child single “The Night Sky” on October 29th.

The night will also see performances from The Magic Numbers, Guillemots and the Pet Shop Boys

Tickets go on sale on Friday (September 21st) at 9am.

Photo is taken from hseikaly’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

 

Magic Numbers / One off London Show

 
By on Thursday, 16th August 2007 at 7:55 pm
 

Those cheeky chappies The Magic Numbers have announced an exclusive one off gig on Monday 3rd September at Boogaloo in Highgate, North London.

It’s in support of a new 6 track EP, The Undecided EP, which is released on the same day.

Tickets go on sale from Ticketweb at 10am tomorrow morning.

Photo taken from Mr. Ush’s flickr stream under the creative commons license.

Magic Numbers

 

Live: The Thrills, Magic Numbers, Tiny Dancers + Crowded House @ AOL Summer Cooler

 
By on Friday, 29th June 2007 at 1:40 am
 

Dome“We’re proud to be able to play in one of Tony Blair’s legacies to the UK” David Kay of Tiny Dancers said of their chance to be one of the first bands to play the indigo2 at the former Millenium Dome.

One of the most state of the art venues in the UK Indigo2 is the smaller of two venues at the new O2 complex which comprises shops, bars and cinema as well as the 20,000 arena and the 2,500 capacity indigo2. A contender to the likes of Koko and Shepherds Bush, its small enough for it to be used as “club gigs” for big bands, and large enough for small bands to aim for.

Up in the balcony the venue looked distinctly like a cinema, with plush seats (complete with stewards to tell you to get them off the seat in front) and speakers throughout. However, it lacks the quirks of some older venues: Whilst the sound is simply superb, the place lacks some of the atmosphere that darker, dingier places like the Astoria have and makes them so loved.

For the first nights entertainment, AOL took it over for their “sessions”, which last night saw Tiny Dancers, The Thrills, Magic Numbers and Crowded House take to the stage. Tiny Dancers were first up, playing to a half empty venue, however soon got into the spirit of things, playing five songs. Highlight was “Hannah, We Know” which saw dancing lego people on the giant screens behind the stage.

The Thrills were next up, debuting new material from their forthcoming album “Teenagers” alongside old favourites “Santa Cruz”, “Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?” and “One Horse Town”. Conor Deasy went into showman mode pretty quickly, getting everyone clapping along. Their new material is a natural progression from previous two albums, summery and Irish-American tinged.

In between sets AOL showed some of their previous sessions, with Paul Weller, Paolo Nutini and Ghosts all making appearances. In between The Thrills and Magic Numbers the crowd were treated to a backstage set from Siobhán Donaghy, which showed off her beautiful voice perfectly. However, being shown on video screens just made the entire audience feel detached from the experience.

Magic Numbers provided more summery tunes, with Michelle and Romeo seemingly a bit more used to the stage compared to when this Londonista saw them back in early 2005. Songs like “Forever Lost” and “Love Me Like You” sounded not at all faded, and performed with as much gusto as if they were written yesterday.

Finally, the guys most of the crowd had been waiting for, Crowded House. Hurtling through their set at a decent speed, they were chatty and genial to the crowd, with the Ozzies commenting that “It feels like I’m playing the Bowling Club Social” in regards to the number of summer hats floating around the crowd that were given out free by AOL. On their slower tracks, Neil Finn was clearly peeved with the amount of talking the balcony was doing, commenting “Listen you bastards! You can talk tomorrow!” which was a very fair point.

Four sets in four hours is a decent speed for any venue, however it’s just a shame it hasn’t got any of the soul some of London’s better venues have. The bands meanwhile overcame any issues they may have had with the venue by putting in a thoroughly entertaining show for all.

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