The name, childlike and intriguing all at once, should be of no surprise to those who’ve been following new music over the past year.
Brighton’s very own “Magic Gang” have been turning heads with their smooth blend of classic and indie rock, even winning praise from the likes of Johnny Marr. “Its crazy,” lead singer Angus tells me, in between puffs on a cigarette. “Johnny is one of the most influential guitar players and is basically the sound of The Smiths. It’s really cool to hear that people are into our music, especially musicians that we look up to.”
With acclaim from music royalty coming so early in their career, Angus is nevertheless entirely unpretentious as I catch him, in his own words “in the complete middle of nowhere.” “I’m really sorry if the phone signal drops,” he says apologetically, “and sorry if I sound weird; it’s because I’m smoking.”
He goes to great lengths to assure me that the rest of his band mates share his unfazed attitude. “What we do in terms of songwriting is very sincere, but we never try to put ourselves on a pedestal. We’re very aware that we’re just four idiots who like writing music. There’s no mystique and I feel like the fans know us already. I hope we’re always approachable when they come up to us at gigs.”
2018 is the year The Magic Gang embark on their own headline tour, after supporting Wolf Alice for the latter part of 2017. The step means that Angus feels like, “We’re coming into our own now with our sound. It feels like “our” time. We’ve been ticking on and releasing loads of EPs which I feel is quite an unorthodox way of doing things nowadays in terms of releasing music. Its helped people to see how our sound has developed.” Putting this down as the reason that they’re being recognised as ones to watch, he teases a debut full length and perhaps even a trip overseas.
Read more on Angus’s musings on today’s music world and the gang’s journey in volume 22 of tmrw.
Words by Paige Tracey