THE MAGIC GANG - ARTIST
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After releasing their self-titled debut album, The Magic Gang find themselves at the forefront of the UK's breaking guitar band scene. Nominated for Best New Artist at the NME Awards, the young quartet have a trio of Radio 1 Hottest Records to their name and have toured with the likes of Wolf Alice and Sundara Karma.
Their debut album is a collection of tracks brimming with uplifting pop hooks, sweet vocal harmonies and youthful exuberance. It echoes everything from Beach Boys and The Kinks through to Weezer and Pavement. At a time in which the guitar band is an outsider in the realms of pop, The Magic Gang inspire devotion and adulation in equal measure.
A succession of EPs and singles meant that The Magic Gang had already released an album’s worth of tracks before their thoughts turned to recording their debut. Creating a collection that included both fan favourites and previously unheard material was a really difficult balancing act, especially as all four members are constantly writing.
The group is made up of Jack Kaye (guitar/vocals), Kris Smith (guitar/vocals), Gus Taylor (bass) and Paeris Giles (drums). Whereas other bands feel like a front-man backed by three random others, The Magic Gang are more than the sum of their parts. Jack believes that he and Kris are the more neurotic characters of the band, but creatively are the ones most likely to instigate an idea. By contrast, Paeris (who also deals with a lot of the band’s visuals) and Gus have the ability to develop those ideas to their full potential. “It’s amazing to know that if you’ve got an idea, you have a full team who are going to work together to make that song as good as it can be.”
This connection has gifted The Magic Gang with a unique trait. Their big hitting songs can stand tall on any playlist, yet they’ve also created an album that you can be immersed within from start-to-finish. All things suggest that you’ll be hearing a lot more from them as the years unfold.