The Magic Numbers (acoustic)
One of the UK’s best-loved bands, The Magic Numbers, are heading out on the road this autumn.
On their first ever acoustic tour they will cover new ground by visiting a series of smaller towns. The band will play in the intimate surroundings of some of the most beautiful theatres, churches and live music venues across the UK and Ireland.
Alongside all the old favourites, the band will be premiering new material from their forthcoming fourth album and connecting with the audience through question-and-answer sessions. Breaking away from the usual venues and big cities allows the band to reach out to a new audience.
The as-yet-untitled follow up to their third album, 2010’s ‘The Runaway’, is to be expected early next year.
“We always try to approach every new release as if it’s our first – always with the same level of drive and excitement. It’s an intense period for us, making a record – we push ourselves to create something different and exciting with every album; but we also tend to shut ourselves off from the world, so I’m really excited to be getting back out there. This new album has some of the best songs I’ve ever written, so I’m really eager for people to hear it.” Romeo
Prepare to fall in love with The Magic Numbers all over again and if you haven't yet had the pleasure, take a chance!
The Magic Numbers are a UK-based four-piece comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters (Romeo and Michele Stodart, Sean and Angela Gannon) who are known for their unique harmonies, melodic hooks, songwriting craftsmanship and their timeless sound.
The band quickly shot to media attention after selling out London’s Kentish Town Forum solely on the strength of their loyal following, before the release of their self-titled 2005 debut album. This record was subsequently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The Magic Numbers went on to become one of the nation’s best-loved bands and have shared stages with the likes of Brian Wilson, The Flaming Lips, The Who, Morrissey, U2 and Bright Eyes to name a few.
To date, the band have released three successful albums and many of their singles have graced the Top 20 charts, resulting in over a million album sales worldwide.
The Magic Numbers have famously collaborated with a number of artists, lending their trademark sound and harmonies to the likes of Ed Harcourt, Duke Special, the Divine Comedy and David Kitt. Romeo wrote a song for Jane Birkin’s album ‘Fictions’ and co-wrote ‘Close your eyes’ with the Chemical Brothers for their Grammy-Award-winning album ‘Push The Button’.
If the group aren’t busy in the studio, lead singer and songwriter Romeo Stodart can usually be found providing his effortless guitar playing for artists as diverse as the legendary Jimmy Webb and, most recently, Spritualized, on whose latest album, ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’, he features. Romeo is also an avid supporter of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, having been involved since its conception at Glastonbury’s Park Stage. Out of this have come a number of Magic Numbers collaborations, including on the song ‘All I Believe In’ with Malian stars Amadou & Mariam, featured on the soundtrack to blockbuster smash The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Having spent a lot of time in Brazil and Argentina, The Magic Numbers have developed a rapport with their South American audience and discovered a growing love of Tropicalia music. The band contributed the opening track ‘You Don’t Know Me’ to a recent tribute album for Brazilian’s legendary Caetano Veloso.
In 2012, the band’s Michele Stodart released her beautifully composed acoustic and country-inspired debut solo album, ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’, on which she played most of the instruments.
The album also features a duet with Conor O’Brien of Villagers on live favourite ‘Invitation to the Blues’.
The Magic Numbers will be releasing their fourth studio album early 2014 and, before that, are set to embark on an acoustic tour this year.
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