After four years together, The Magic Gang suddenly find themselves at the forefront of 2018’s breaking guitar bands. Nominated for Best New Artist at the NME Awards, the young quartet have a trio of Radio 1 Hottest Records to their name, and have toured with the likes of Wolf Alice and Sundara Karma.
And to top it all, The Magic Gang are about to drop their self-titled debut album. It’s a collection brimming with uplifting pop hooks, sweet vocal harmonies and youthful exuberance, and one that echoes everything from Beach Boys and The Kinks through to Weezer and Pavement. At a time in which the guitar band is an outsider in the realms of pop, The Magic Gang inspire devotion and adulation in equal measure.
It’s a far cry from the band’s early days. They shared a knackered, four-floor abode in Brighton in which new residents – almost all connected to the town’s vibrant music scene – arrived and departed in what must’ve felt like a revolving door policy.
Back then, the rewards were simple. “The idea of just playing six songs to a room full of your mates was the exciting part,” admits guitarist and vocalist Jack Kaye. “It sounds like a clichéd thing to day, but I don’t think we had any expectations.”