February 27th, 2007

Loz Cola

You know it's hard out here for a pimp...

This post is all about Magic Alex, a band I've been listening to for a while - well, since a month after I first heard of their existence, which would have been around December, I think.

This is their myspace page, where you can listen to four of their tracks.

The band was comprised of Dean Taylor on vocals, John Simm on guitar and backing vocals, Greg Saunders on keyboards and guitar, Simon Borkin on bass and John McCormack on drums. I say "was" because they split up a few years ago. Despite having been a band for ten years, they're only now releasing any of their tracks commercially. They toured as a support act with Echo & the Bunnymen and played Brixton Academy, The Royal Festival Hall and Manchester Apollo, amongst many other venues. At one point they were one of many successful British indie bands on the verge of something big. And then they split up.

The reason this post is all about Magic Alex is that I was recently lucky enough to score a CD of their album, entitled "Dated and Sexist", signed by guitarist John Simm thanks to The Railway Arms - and the aforementioned album is now available on iTunes. So - this is me, pimping out the band, wearing my purple pimping crown. Go listen to "Chica Chica", "Soft Bomb", "Super KK" and "Breathe In" on their myspace page, and then, if you like what you hear, go buy "Dated and Sexist" on iTunes.

I really like the album, and I'm not just saying that because I was lucky enough to score a signed copy. It's a mix of music genres which greatly appeal to me. I really love the frenetic quality of tracks such as "Jesus Freaks" and "Animal Magic", as well as the softer, slower "Breathe In" and "Finest Hour". "Chica Chica" is truly wonderful and ends up on high rotation in my playing list.

Finally, who doesn't love a band that promotes itself as Christian Rap / Western Swing / 2-step, really?
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