ALBUMS

The Incredible Magpie Band
Introducing...

Released: 11th May 2015
Label: 5:15 Records

Do you like any of the following: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The La’s, Oasis, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, The Coral? Do you like music that is completely unpretentious and just makes you feel happy and glad to be alive? If you can answer yes to either of those questions, and quite frankly how anyone could answer no would be a mystery to me, then ‘Introducing…’, the debut album from The Incredible Magpie Band, is an album you desperately need right now.

‘All I Am’ opens the album with some serious psychedelic grooves and melodies that ensure you are hooked from the off. ‘Money’ has an acoustic melody and rhythms that certainly bring The Beatles to mind. Yes, the cynics will love digging their claws into this and some might say they’ve ‘heard this all a million times before’ but anyone who feels that way needs to stop taking themselves so seriously, this is just great music that makes me enjoy the world we live in. ‘This Chose Me’ has a skiffle vibe to it, I especially love the way the backing vocals enter the song.

The album proceeds to give us uplifting guitar based songs by a bunch of mates who love and believe in the music they create. Further songs to draw your attention to include ‘Straight Lines’ which is as flawless as pop music can be; the song builds from verse to chorus in a way that ensures everyone who hears this song will be faced with no choice but to enjoy themselves. ‘Forevers Too Soon’ is a big slice of cosmic psychedelic wonder that will twist your mind inside out. ‘Castles in the Sand’ gives the album that standout anthemic acoustic moment that is crying out for a big arena. ‘The Night Wont Wait’ defines the word infectious, from the first chord and lyric this is a song that will instantly embed itself deep inside your head. ‘Round and Round’ is a song I am sure a certain Liam Gallagher would love.

‘Introducing…’ does not re-invent the wheel or break any barriers but there are times when the wheel does not need re-inventing and barriers do not need to be broken. Music just needs to be written and played by people who live and breathe what they do, and that is exactly what you get with The Incredible Magpie Band.

Steve Tay

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