The Magic Gang are a band wrapped up in self-assurance. The confidence exuded by their name and the nonchalant description of ‘Melody Makers/Vibe Crafters’ found on their social media bios demonstrates that Brighton’s newest export is a melting pot of eager musicians with an intent and purpose.
Sourcing its members from such bands as the lo-fi fuzz pop outfit YRRS, dream wavers Home School, and the mellow surf-scuzz attitudes of Bayy, The Magic Gang were sitting upon a cauldron of raw creativity right from the very start. In March of last year they broke cover with their first offering, ‘Bruises’, an anthemic swirl of hooks and intricate riff play which demonstrated chief songwriters Kristian Smith and Jack Kaye’s ability to grasp the listener with trademark relatable themes of relationships failing or lusting.
Calling in assistance from MJ (Hookworms / Menace Beach) to take the reins on production, the band went onto release their first official single ‘Shallow’, a kaleidoscopic journey layered with regret and angst, demonstrating their desire to be taken seriously and earning them support slots with Swim Deep, Courtney Barnett and JAWS over the course of 2014.
What’s alluring about the songwriting crafted by The Magic Gang is the accessibility found within the music, with their current clutch of singles exploring in a different angle each time the romantics and social politics we all have to endure in our day to day lives. The songs charm us by acting as if they were a close friend who knows exactly what we’re going through, which in turn makes them appeal to human nature at its very core. The fact that all of this is presented in a blend of sonic elements which can be found in bands such as Gross Magic, The Beach Boys, and most notably Weezer, makes for what The Magic Gang are doing all the more magnanimously endearingly.
The band are set to peddle their blur of infectious mellow surf stylings out on tour throughout the spring period, and below you can find a stream of their new single, ‘She Won’t Ghost‘ – a slacker anthem contorted which will have you singing at the top of your lungs – which will make you do what The Magic Gang have set out to achieve: to muse and reflect about romances gone past.