The Magic Numbers

Monqui Presents

The Magic Numbers

Sun, October 28

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Holocene

Portland, OR

$14.00 - $16.00

This event is 21 and over

The Magic Numbers
The Magic Numbers
“Outsiders is how we've always felt”, says Romeo Stodart, explaining the thinking behind the title of The Magic Numbers' fifth album. “As a band, and as people. We've never really fit in. Even when things escalated quickly for the band, and we were at some awards ceremony, we always felt like we stuck out. It was the time of indie bands like ‪The Strokes and The Libertines – and then there we stood.”

That sensation of not quite belonging, is one which band members and siblings Michele and Romeo Stodart were already familiar with. Born and raised in Trinidad, the Stodarts’ first experience of feeling like a fish out of water came at an early age, when their family moved to New York. Then, in their late teens, the Stodart’s relocated again, this time to Hanwell, a suburb on the westernmost edge of London. When Romeo befriended one of the locals, Sean Gannon, London-born but of Irish descent, and the pair recruited their younger sisters, Michele Stodart on bass and Angela Gannon on keyboards in 2004, The Magic Numbers were born.

Shooting to media attention after selling out London’s 2000-capacity Kentish Town Forum solely on the strength of their ever-growing loyal following, even before their first proper single ‘Forever Lost’ was released, their Mercury Prize nominated self-titled debut The Magic Numbers (2005) entered the Top 10 and reached double-Platinum sales. Further hit singles, “Love Me Like You”, “Love's A Game” and “I See You, You See Me” followed, along with world-wide tours with the likes of ‪Brian Wilson, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, ‪The Flaming Lips and ‪Sonic Youth. The band caused a stir when they became the first artists to ever walk off of Top of The Pops, refusing to play after a presenter’s uncivil introduction, showing confidence in themselves and that punk rebellious spirit they've carried from the very beginning.

Second album Those The Brokes reached No.11 in 2006, earning Gold status. There then followed a four-year interval till the third, 2010's The Runaway, which featured the last ever orchestrations by the late Robert Kirby, and another four-year interval until releasing their fourth album Alias on Caroline in 2014. These delays, partly down to Romeo and Michele both becoming parents for the first time, also allowed them to explore life outside the band. Michele releasing two acclaimed solo albums, Wide-Eyed Crossing (2012) and Pieces (2016), and Romeo gigging with the likes of Africa Express and ‪Jimmy Webb, appearing on the most recent ‪Spiritualized album, and producing other acts, including Ren Harvieu and ‪Kathryn Williams.