The first EP from the Brighton quartet, The Magic Gang, has proved to be a joy to listen to. Simply entitled ‘EP’, the 5 tracks included perfectly demonstrate the band’s unique sound and sure fire, next step to wider known success, following on from their previous singles Jasmine and No Fun, the EP gives the listener a view of a much wider path. In a fairly recent interview with the NME, the band’s singer and guitarist, Jack Kaye promised the EP would consist of “50s and 60s influenced traditional pop songs’ and with which, one has to question, has he delivered?
Well, the EP gives us five tracks: opening with Lady Please, which welcomes the listener in perfectly on what they are to expect. A rough and tumble example of strong bass and drums fitted in with high end and barely distorted guitar riffs which open the mind up to what is still to come. This is followed by the tracks She Doesn’t See and Jasmine, Jasmine being the band’s previous single and of which ultimately sits comfortably in the middle of the EP. She Doesn’t Know provides the listener with a more, I feel, heated up example of the band. Being a much more guitar led outfit, with riffs reminiscent of Blur’s latest LP (The Magic Whip) perfectly incorporated into the track. The EP finishes with the songs Feeling Better (which has also seemed to take the place of Lady, Please on the Spotify upload of the EP, an error which seemingly needs to be adjusted) and All That I Want Is You. Both of which give a justified exit of the EP which makes it even more re-listenable.
One can undoubtedly agree that this EP is a tremendous way to kick off the greater things which are clearly due for the band. Gus Taylor’s bass lines prove so hypnotic and sit hand in hand with the drum track, so that when the mostly melodic guitar is placed over it, completed by Kaye’s vocals, it leaves the listener transfixed to the product that is created.
In my opinion, The Magic Gang have succeeded in delivering an EP which is more pop orientated, with no song exceeding the 4 minute mark. Being well produced, with the indie tinge and the capabilities to end up behind a dreamscape, this EP is crucial listening, you’d be a fool not to check it out.
Review by Sam Johns