The Magic Gang have been making waves across the country over the last couple of years with their catchy brand of indie rock. With a host of EPs under their belt, they embarked on a headline tour, supported by Abattoir Blues and Paris Youth Foundation. I was lucky enough to catch them at my local venue, The Horn pub in St Albans.
The night began with Liverpool-based rock group Paris Youth Foundation, who played an enjoyable set of guitar rock. They were soon followed by Abattoir Blues, who impressed with their heavier sound, building up nicely to the main event. A few lucky attendees even noticed TMG frontman Jack Kaye in the crowd before his band performed.
The crowd had seemed relatively quiet and sedate during the two support acts, but this immediately changed when The Magic Gang came on. Within the first few bars of the jaunty track ‘Lady Please’ the moshpit had got into full swing. Despite being somewhat unknown on the mainstream stage, the band have steadily built a loyal fanbase, and the crowd screamed the words back at Kaye as they went through the setlist.
Their most popular song ‘All This Way’ elicited a strong positive reaction, and it was clear this was a band confident in their ability to perform. Other tracks that were particularly good included ‘Jasmine’, ‘How Can I Compete’, which comes off their most recent EP, the imaginatively titled ‘EP Three’, and ‘No Fun’, one of their earliest songs.
The band, which comprises of Kaye, fellow singer and guitarist Kristian Smith, bassist Gus Taylor and drummer Paeris Giles, are already one of indie music’s hottest acts and, by this showing, definitely have a very bright future ahead of them.
In celebration of the eleven-year anniversary of the kings of indie rock Arctic Monkeys’ debut album, Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not, I’ve decided to attempt to rank their five albums so far. First things first, all of their albums are fantastic. The Sheffield band’s style has changed so dramatically but with so much success that it is very difficult to compare them. With a sixth album (hopefully?!) coming our way in the next year or two this list is open to opinion. When it comes down to it, the case for every one of the albums to be their best can be made. However, here goes with my offering. Continue reading “Arctic Monkeys Albums Ranked”
I first heard about the Pixies when I was reading about Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain; the grunge legend said that he was ripping off Pixies’ quiet and loud style in Nirvana’s biggest hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit. I decided to try the band out, and started listening to their first full album, Surfer Rosa, which was recorded in just over a week and released in 1989. Continue reading “Surfer Rosa by Pixies”
2016 was not, by most accounts, a great year, with Trump, Brexit and an uncountable number of celebrity deaths. However, the music scene rose above this, with The 1975’s I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It and The Last Shadow Puppets Everything You’ve Come To Expect ruling the indie market. I think that 2017 will be an even better year for indie rock. Here’s why. Continue reading “Music in 2017”
Alex Turner, Miles Kane, Zachary Dawes and James Ford make up TLSP
Alex Turner looks completely different from the unsure teenager of 2005
Right now, I absolutely love this tune. It comes off the supergroup’s second album, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, and while there are plenty of great songs this one is simply fantastic. It exemplifies the feel of their second album, and the fact that both Miles and Alex have their own verses shows how Used To Be My Girl works well for both of them. The music itself is great as it makes you want to dance in that kind of ironic, over-the-top way that the band itself often employs at gigs. Their fashion during the tour – excessive suits and exaggeration throughout – works well in this tune. Continue reading “My Favourite Song Right Now: Used To Be My Girl by The Last Shadow Puppets”