THE Magic Numbers, symmetrically comprising two sets of brother and sister from West London, hit the ground running on their arrival a decade ago, a cheery and thoroughly likeable law unto themselves with their blithe and breezy bubblegum indie pop which made generous use of handclaps and harmony.
The Magic Numbers
THE GARAGE, GLASGOW
This recipe remained a winner with the buoyant crowd at this show, who reserved their greatest enthusiasm for the singles from their self-titled debut album, the wistful Forever Lost and the shoop-shooping Love Me Like You, which bowled along with a carefree momentum belying its rueful sentiment.
Frontman Romeo Stodart acknowledged as much with his wry reference to an overlooked track from “our classic underrated third album” but the four-piece have reserved the right to develop and their latest material from new album, Alias, resonated with an almost proggy indie folk ambience, much headier than the peachy-keen pop moments.
However, their predilection for a bittersweet nugget surfaced again with a cover of Skeeter Davis’s immaculately tragic The End Of The World, previously used to impress Neil Young on a recent tour, which showcased the tight three-part harmonies of Stodart, his sister Michele and keyboard player Angela Gannon, and during a massed encore rendition of Young’s own Harvest Moon, featuring members of support act The Goat Roper Rodeo Band which, despite all the competing cooks onstage, stayed true to the heart-tugging sway of the original. Seen on 10.09.14