Most bands would kill for the kind of year The Magic Gang have already had, but these four guys from Brighton are not looking to relax until Christmas.
They’ve just stepped off the tour bus where they supported Swim Deep across the country, recorded a session at the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios for Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show, and are headlining London in Stereo’s Community LDN showcase at Shoreditch’s Red Gallery alongside INHEAVEN and Day Wave. All this before releasing a new EP in 2016.
We caught up with the band before their 5th November show to see what’s in store for the final few months of the year – and their forthcoming Community performance.
What can you expect from The Magic Gang’s live show?
Catchy tunes, dad dancing, lots of smiles.
You’ve had a pretty great year live, not just performing your own shows, but supporting huge bands like Wolf Alice and Swim Deep. How do you change your set when performing your headline shows?
It’s been a great year for us supporting bigger bands but we’re really excited to be playing some of our own headline shows. It gives us a chance to play more numbers of course, a wider variation as well, its nice to play slower numbers and not just relentless bangers.
You mention that your sound is evolving for your new EP from the laid-back rock of your recent releases. Has this been a definite aim, or just something that’s happened as the band progresses?
I guess it’s just the way we’ve progressed as a band, it depends on what we’re listening to at the time and I think we wanted to delve into more interesting sounds and songwriting styles rather than the whole guitar rock thing that we touched on in our early releases.
What are your current influences?
We listen to all sorts, anything from the early Studio 1 tracks to Frankie Valli to Donny Hathaway to Sonic Youth. I’m not saying they’re the major influences at all, just picked them off the top of my head.
How do you find the crowds at your shows in the capital?
London shows always seem to be mad, our last one at the Boston Music Room ended up with a stage invasion.
What’s in store for 2016? Will we get a glimpse of it at the Community show?
In 2016 you can expect us to put out a lot more music. We’ll be playing a few numbers that we’ll be releasing from our forthcoming EP at the Community show, can’t wait for people to hear them!