If you weren’t convinced that The Magic Gang had made it to the big time with their euphoric Concorde 2 headline show in September, or their debut album bothering the UK album charts, or signing to a major label, then this should do it. They’ve only gone and collaborated with MOBO, Mercury Prize and BRIT Award nominee and bonafide pop star Jessie Ware!
It’s often strange seeing a band we’ve seen adorn so many of our small venues over the years become a genuine nationwide institution. This has happened to Brighton’s The Magic Gang seemingly overnight. From playing in front of little to no people, to releasing their debut album and winning over teenagers left, right and centre. Their Concorde 2 show, which saw screams akin to a chart-storming boyband, was a celebration of their early years and their debut record.
To paraphrase that Marmite film classic, the streets were alive with the sound of music! Over three long days and nights, Brighton did truly come alive as The Great Escape juggernaut rolled into town for its 13th edition. The festival for new music saw over 500 acts playing in 40-odd venues, representing countries from all around the globe. If you add in the The Alternative Great Escape, and the plethora of events and pop-up performances arranged off the back of TGE and AGE, you’re looking at closer to 1,000 acts in 80-odd venues. Yes, it was mad, but glorious. Helped along by some beautiful mid-May sunshine, somehow within all the chaos, Brightonsfinest were out in force, documenting, commenting, and enjoying what we like to do best. Watch live music.
So, brace yourself. If you were there, hopefully memories will be stirred. If you weren’t, dive into our thoughts about the state of new music, and check out our many recommendations.
It took a while. But when they finally got it together, it was good. Very good. Formed and developed in Brighton, their recently released debut album has been winning some of those super rare 100%, 10/10 reviews, from people who can't get enough of their 70s and 80s classic pop-rock songs. Where harmonies and hooks are the most important thing. The four-piece have it in spades it seems, and we'll miss them as they move out of Brighton and head for the Big Smoke. However, they'll be back for this year's The Great Escape, as well as a date with Concorde 2 in the autumn. Brightonsfinest hooked up with guitarist, singer and songwriter Jack Kaye while they were in town recently for an in-store at Resident.
Brighton formed, The Magic Gang have just announced their biggest home town date yet, at Concorde 2, Tuesday 25th September.
Riding the crest of a wave of adulation, they recently released their debut album to widespread acclaim, thanks to their superlative songwriting and old classic pop-rock tropes. Weezer, The Beach Boys and The Beatles are immediate reference points for their breezy, lovelorn songs that fly by on infectious melodic hooks, harmony singing and an on-the-surface easy-going vibe.
In what seems like an age in the making, The Magic Gang have finally got round to releasing their debut record. The result from the Brighton-based group is a rich catalogue of life-affirming slacker pop anthems that make up one of the best UK guitar debuts in years.
The album will make for an intriguing listen for older fans of the band; with more than two thirds of it either previously released or reworked older favourites. There are shades of The Beach Boys and The Beatles and smatterings of Mac DeMarco and Weezer throughout, with the foursome’s devotion to melody the one sustained facet that keeps the LP on a designated path.