Before I begin my review of Magic Wand’s London show proper, I want to take a second to talk about the venue. The Brewhouse was not a place I had heard of before the Magic Wands show. It’s part of a brewery in London Fields, and is a pastiche of a US barn hall. The atmosphere is cool and I’d recommend it if there’s a show you want to see there. Now, onto the music itself.
Magic Wands were supported by Scab Hand, a Brighton-based punk band. I’m not sure if it was the mix in the venue, but I found it quite difficult to listen to the band, and pick out much of the music or vocals. They also didn’t sound anything like Magic Wands, and were an odd choice of support act.
After a short soundcheck and break, Magic Wands took to the stage, immediately hammering out three tracks from the forthcoming Abracadabra. It was clear from the start that there was some serious stage and guitar chemistry between Magic Wands co-founders Chris and Dexy Valentine.
After launching with three new tracks, Magic Wands played Aloha Moon cut ‘Kaleidoscope Hearts’, before playing their new single ‘Loveline’. The song translates really well into a live environment, and is a load of fun.
I really like the sound of the band’s new material, which will be released on the album Abracadabra next year. In particular ‘1964’ was a highlight: a guitar-driven, high energy number that saw the band working together to produce some great music.
Until the finale of the set, every other song that Magic Wands played was from Abracadabra. The band finished with hits ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Space’.
Before launching into ‘Space’, Dexy addressed the audience: “Where’s our tour manager? He likes to jam with us on this song.” And sure enough, out of the crowd emerged Magic Wands’ tour manager, who took over guitar duties from Dexy for the ending of ‘Space’, jamming out a beautiful solo. It was an interesting and great way to end a fantastic set from the band.
Chains And Fur
Julie Ann Gray