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The Magic Numbers play Wrexham!

by Ben Davis on 26 October, 2007 | 0 comments

Central Station, Wrexham is proud to play host to The Magic Numbers on Thursday 6th December, bringing with them a wealth of new material.

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The Magic Numbers are Romeo (29) who is head songwriter and guitarist, his sister Michele (23) on bass, multi-instrumentalist Angela (21) and her brother Sean (30) on drums, making a very close-knit quartet.

No time wasting, no agonising over new directions and, hallelujah, no songs about how tough it is to be a famous rock star – just 17 months after their first ray of sunshine, The Magic Numbers’ difficult second album is ready to breeze effortlessly into your life and prove that Romeo Stodart’s bucket of incredible heartwarming guitar-pop remains full to the brim.

After much success including Brit and Mercury nominations and a Mojo Best New Act award they locked themselves away over the summer to record this second album, but have already been on the road again since, touring the US Midwest with the Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth and giving British crowds at the V Festival and Eden Project an early glimpse of their remarkable new music.

‘Those the Brokes’ has been written mostly on the road, but the distractions of major success and living from a suitcase have failed to fray Romeo’s outstanding natural abilities. Great songs tumble from this man’s pockets like loose change, as demonstrated by an array of fine B-sides and the exquisite ‘Gone Are The Days’, the ballad they spared for last September’s ‘Help!’ album for Warchild.

The speed with which the band have returned doesn’t signal a lack of musical development, either. Their first strings are here, most notably on the waltzing, complex ‘Boy’. A nine-piece orchestra was arranged by Robert Kirby, the man who handled the strings on Nick Drake’s ‘Five Leaves Left’ and ‘Bryter Layter’. Michele swoons all over the heartbreaking ‘Take Me Or Leave Me’, a composition of her own on which she played nearly every instrument. Angela sings the lead on the vibrant vintage soul of ‘Undecided’. The concert crowds that go so wild whenever she lifts a finger on stage are going to keel over this time around. The Stodart siblings even worked the production desk on the new album, with the help of regular engineer Richard Wilkinson. All in all The Magic Numbers have created 13 tracks that possess a new level of richness and depth of emotion.

‘Those the Brokes’ will move your feet and break your heart too. Romeo’s lyrical inspirations remain the same, but if his love life was simple, classic singles such as ‘Love Me Like You’ and ‘I See You, You See Me’ might not exist, let alone new favourites ‘Take a Chance’ and ‘You Never Had It’. “I really wanted to be more observational and bring in a lot more imagery,” he says, “I think there’s an element of that to some of the songs but on reflection it’s an album that yet again is hugely personal’.

Support comes from Duffy with her beautiful, soulful tones.

Tickets are £14 in advance and are available from Yales Bar, 15 – 17 Hill St, Wrexham – 01978 358780 or www.seetickets.com

This show is open to over 14′s, I.D. may be required to purchase alcohol. Ticket price includes free entry to Mixtape club night after the bands (over 18′s only).

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