are a four-piece band from England comprised of two pairs of
brother and sister. The group were formed in 2002, released
a debut album in June 2005 and are currently in the process
of recording a second album, which is planned for
international release in late 2006.
Stodarts are the children of a Scottish father and a
Venezuelan mother and were born in Trinidad in the
Caribbean, but were later raised in New York after their
family fled an Islamic coup there in 1990. In the mid-1990's
they moved to London. The Gannons are of Irish descent but
lived in Hanwell where they took the Stodarts in as friends.
to forming The Magic Numbers, Romeo and Sean spent time
trying to form a band together under various guises, and
previously performed under the name ‘Guess’.
Naming The Band
origins of the band’s name is not officially declared or
cited, but in an interview once held with a schoolchild
researching a project on the band, Romeo said “some people
call songs ‘numbers’ and we thought that not many people
would have heard of the name before”.
2002 The Magic Numbers were formed in their present guise,
and they began touring the London circuit, gradually
developing their sound and building a small cult following,
not least amongst some already established artists including
The Chemical Brothers, Travis and Ed Harcourt, with the
latter later influential in their signing to record label
Heavenly Recordings, narrowly beating off competition from
Rough Trade Records.
rise came swiftly, beginning in the summer of 2004 and later
that year when they began supporting well-known artists such
as Travis and Ed Harcourt and appearing on the bill of some
festivals, building an intense following as they did so. In
November 2004 they released a very limited edition 7” vinyl
single, Hymn For Her, to coincide with a three-show
residency at The Borderline in London.
back of releasing just one commercially available single,
Forever Lost, and even before their debut album was released
they played a sold-out show to a crowd of over 2,000 at The
Forum in Kentish Town, London, a show that is recognised by
many fans as the changing point between a band that was
up-and-coming and one that became a household name.
Following the release of their debut album, the remainder of
2005 and the first few months of 2006 were spent touring and
promoting their album and singles, throughout the UK and
USA, across Europe and also in New Zealand, Australia and
Although heavily played down, they received a large amount
of press attention for being the first artist to walk off
the TV show Top of the Pops shortly before they were
due to appear on the show to promote their single Love’s A
Game. The programme itself fell into decline and was later
taken off-air in summer 2006. It is very unlikely that this
had anything to do with the Magic Numbers or their actions
Album – The Magic Numbers
first Magic Numbers album was self-titled and recorded in
late 2004 and early 2005 at Metropolis Studios in
London, and released on
2005. Prior to release only Forever Lost was promoted as a
commercial single and this was followed up by later releases
Love Me Like You, Love’s A Game and I See You, You See Me.
one non-member contributes music to the album, Angharad
Davies who plays violin on the song This Love. The
version of the album contains Hymn For Her as a hidden track
that appears after a short delay after the end of Try. US
and European versions include this track independently and
it is tracklisted. The Japanese version also includes the
songs Idea Of A Feeling and I Hope You Don’t Mind, which
appeared as additional tracks on the UK release of the
single Forever Lost.
Album – Those The Brokes
second Magic Numbers album is planned for release on
November 6 2006. This partly was recorded in New York at
Allaire Studios in Spring 2006, a venue which has also been
used in the past by David Bowie, The Strokes and
and was recorded and engineered by Richard Wilkinson.
that were previewed at recent live performances that are
expected to appear on the album include You Never Had It,
Boy, Take A Chance, Slow Down, This Is A Song and Let
Magic Numbers have made appearances on various other
artists’ releases, including
The Chemical Brothers - 'Close Your Eyes'
The Concretes – 'Your Call' (vocals)
Ed Harcourt – 'Revolution In The Heart' (backing
David Kitt – Various instrumental in tracks on
'Not Fade Away' (released autumn 2006)
Jane Birkin - Fictions
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