The Magic: Open Roof Festival Co-Presentation
Wavelength co-presentation at the Open Roof Festival
Amsterdam Brewery, 21 Bathurst St.
Followed by film, Fat Kid Rules the World
7:30pm • $15 – Buy tickets now!
The Magic are brothers Geordie and Evan Gordon, born and bred in the
small Canadian city of Guelph, Ontario. Having grown up in a musical
house, their father, folk singer James Gordon, wrote ‘Mining For Gold’
(which was famously covered by the Cowboy Junkies).
For their own band though, they eschew their dad’s acoustic folk roots
and have made a record as equally indebted to the effervescent pop of
Phoenix, the soulful, studio slickness of Hall & Oates, and the
white funk of Talking Heads.
The brothers formed, and styled, The Magic in the back room of a now
defunct treasure trove of a thrift store in downtown Guelph. Geordie
sings, plays guitar and keys, with Evan on bass, backing vocals and
production. They’re also joined by their friend Sylvie Smith from the
band Evening Hymns on additional vocals, notably on the frustrated
lovers plea ‘Call Me Up’. Elsewhere on the record they take in
syncopated disco rhythms, languid 80s funk, whilst also peppering every
song with effortless big FM pop choruses.
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