Older than I'd like to be,younger than I'd like to be. Still raging against mass culture/conformity .. to be continued

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Magic Numbers show so good necessitates second review

Here's Kate P's take on the Magic Numbers @ Richards On Richards Nov 6, 2005

Second Coming of the Beatles or the Poppy Family Revisited?

Based on the shrill sounds of girly screams the other night at Richard’s on Richards you’d have thought the Beatles, circa 1964, were upon us. Instead it was the UK’s latest four-member sensation, the Magic Numbers singing some of the crowd’s favourites like Forever Lost and I See You, You See Me. Fresh and full of pop singing influences from the Poppy Family to the Mamas and the Papas, their sweet vocal harmonies in Love Me Like You inspired a full-on musical love-in. Rare as these moments can be among Vancouver’s cooler-than-cool laid back music scenesters, it completely humbled the endearing lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Romeo Stodart. Nothing could stop the love, especially when a well-utilized melodica played by vocalist Angela Gannon filled out a sparse cover of Destiny’s Child’s Crazy in Love. Accompanied by those awfully endearing uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-ohs, it was hard not to get caught up in a sickly sweet audience sing-along. Proclaiming this their best tour stop so far out of six others, they rewarded the audience with a decent sized encore. It ended with a trailblazer of a rockabilly ditty, highlighting the great interplay between Romeo on guitar and sister Michele on bass. I certainly could have hung on for more in this vein, so here’s hoping they’ll be a little more diverse in the studio next time and find some new ways to highlight those wonderful girl vocal harmonies.

Vancouver’s The Parallels started off the evening with a short, but exceptionally tight and well played set. These cute, nerdy boys just keep getting better and better – blasting off one Attractions-influenced number after another. Keep ‘em coming I say!
- Kate P.


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