Last night, The Magic Gang from Brighton played their biggest ever headline show in front of over 1000 people at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. The boys blew everyone in the room away with their sweet and fun pop-laced indie. Their overlapping vocal harmonies are at the core of what The Magic Gang do and seeing them play live in front of that many people was special for all those involved. They kicked the night off with opening track of their new album ‘Oh Saki’ after tantalising the crowd for a few minutes with the trademark blues tune they always come out to. Support came from Brighton band Our Girl who smashed it out of the park as always.
It was heaving and almost impossible to see through the sea of young people who were singing every word to every song at the top of their lungs. Their stage presence is reminiscent of the late 2000’s indie bands that almost definitely inspire the music that they make. Perhaps not surprisingly, they are signed to, ex-Maccabees member, Felix White’s label, Yala. Jack Kaye, the lead guitarist and singer, has the same energy to him as his indie predecessors and knows his charisma well. They know how to get their crowd going with ‘All This Way’, ‘How Can I Compete’ and ‘Caroline’ getting everyone in the room dancing along. Kaye is one of the most loved frontmen at the moment which can be seen with a quick twitter search of his name…
i actually love jack kaye from the magic gang and i don’t mean i fancy him i mean i LOVE HIM
— squishy (@rosiebln) December 11, 2017
The Magic Gang’s most common comparisons have been to Weezer, Beach Boys and the Beatles but seeing them live is something else entirely. They do have a similar vibe to the bands they’re compared to but when they play live there’s no-one who comes close to the amount of fun they have on stage. They blew everyone away, from the industry people on the outskirts of the crowd to the push-pitting 16 year olds in the centre. A real highlight of the show came from the bassist Angus Taylor. His delicate and almost R&B inspired song ‘Take Care’ began with a solo light shining on him and his piano, all was hushed in the packed room of people as he delivered the first heartbreaking lines ‘Don’t you think the world feels so much colder/Without our love’. There was roaring screams of approval and endless clapping when he ended and through the general hubbub at the end of the show there were obvious whispers from fans declaring it the best part of the set.
They’re some of the most humble boys in music and after the show couldn’t really say much other than “that was mad I just feel so lucky that we have the fans that we do”. The afterparty was started off with their manager doing some sweet, sweet renditions of old-time tunes on karaoke at The Monarch just down the road. They are building a snowball of love that’s only going to get bigger and bigger, Taylor said on stage last night “this feels like the start of the next chapter” and it well and truly did. Here’s to many more Brighton bands breaking through the London scene! You’re killing it boys, congratulations.