Bands to Watch #25: Magic Wands

By on Tuesday, 12th August 2008 at 7:21 pm
 

The White Stripes did it. Sonny and Cher did it. Johnny and June, they did it too. Now Nashville based Magic Wands are the latest loved-up couple bringing music to our ears.

The fairytale began in 2007 when Chris became addicted to a song he found on MySpace. ‘Teenage Love,’ penned by Dexy, is about that kind of butterflies-in-tummy adolescent lust: “This teenage love has got me stuck / Come over now so we can fuck.”

He got in touch and soon they were on the phone ’til the early hours, writing songs for each other and sending gifts across the miles like toy lions, handwritten poems and a glowing heart lamp. Yes indeedy, they were in love.

Both had come from a punk background and wanted to start afresh with something different. ‘Kiss Me Dead’ was the first song they recorded together. Over the internet.

Seperated by 2000 miles, the lovestruck pair decided that their future was together. Chris drove to Los Angeles where they hit it off- playing guitars, visiting old churches and wearing crowns they bought at a magic shop.

The couple finally made the move to Chris’s home in Tennessee where they started recording under the name Magic Wands, taken from Dexy’s favourite gift from Chris.

But the music isn’t quite as sickly as you would expect. Think David Bowie’s Goblin King. They’re a bit dark, a bit rebellious and very sexy. They will put a spell on you and you will like it.

With Chris giving us fuzzed-up guitar riffs and Dexy playing the role of a nu-rave Blondie, you can catch the Magic Wands touring America accompanied on stage by a five foot stuffed lion.

This is a tale about love, dreams and growing up. And it has a very happy ending.

MP3: Magic Wands – Black Magic

MP3: Magic Wands – Teenage Love

Magic Wands will release an EP in the Autumn.

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3:39 am
15th August 2008

Magic Wands are my new favorite band!

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