Pete Thompson (Vocals / Guitar), Phil Woods (Guitar), Stuart Catchpole (Drums) and Jasper Stainthorpe (Bass) from Norwich in England combine to form the alt-rock band The Magic Es.
I found myself looking under the desk just in-case the rumbling noises were the result of drills from a new fracking project I didn’t know of, but no – it really was the mod-influenced rumbling bass which of course necessitated turning the volume even louder and sure enough the windows started pulsating in sympathy. Rather than references of MDMA and The Haçienda as reflected in the review of Ohboy! published earlier today, the band name The Magic Es points towards their use of atypical chords.
Though – there is more to The Magic Es than the four-stringer, but you know I tend to get fixated on that one instrument. The dual guitars enable the quartet to inject intense juxtapositional melodies as the guitars are there, not to add volume, rather texture. Being a quartet who like to do things in twos Stuart not only plays the engaging drum kit, he also supports Pete as the backing vocalist, againm allowing The Magic Es to add depth to their material.
Despite having been around since 2014 it is only this year that the Magic Es released their début four track EP We Are Magic. I hope it doesn’t take until 2018 for a follow-up as they are a band with much to add to the world of music with their material that ranges from compact rock’n’roll to pieces orchestrated by acoustic guitar.
We Are Magic – EP – The Magic Es is available on iTunes.*
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