Old friends The Magic Numbers are back with an Alias

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For the few dozen who were lucky enough to see The Magic Numbers perform recently at Pie & Vinyl in Southsea, it was like welcoming back old friends who’d been away too long.

The instore gig was to promote the release of their new album, Alias – their first in four years.

And after playing a few new songs, plus a helping of old favourites, The Guide caught up with them about what they’ve been up to, and their upcoming tour that includes an appearance at The Wedgewood Rooms on Wednesday, September 24.

The band is made up of two pairs of siblings, Romeo and Michele Stodart, and Angela and Sean Gannon.

As Romeo explains: ‘Last year, we did an acoustic tour and the record had just been finished but we were still mixing it.

‘It was good to get out and play some of them, but this will be the first time to take them out on a proper tour.’

Since the last album Romeo has become a father, and Michele released a solo album.

‘The world will move on regardless,’ says Romeo, ‘because that’s how the world is now.

‘Some people said we rushed the first two albums, so we were cautious in terms of making this record sound how we wanted.

‘We had our own studio and there was an emphasis on wanting to capture the energy, and sonically, these great sounds that we have live.’

While the album may be a little darker in tone than previous outings, it is still recognisably the same band with the their trademark harmonies.

‘There is a strength there and a thread running through this record,’ adds Romeo.

Angela chips in: ‘We are in it for the long haul,’ before Michele adds: ‘Even if the next one takes 10 years, it takes as long as it takes. We’ve come out with a great fourth record – good things come to those who wait.’

They have also been re-energised by joining Neil Young recently on some European arena dates, playing to more than 10,000 a night.

‘In some ways,’ says Romeo, ‘it reaffirmed what we do as a band and what we want to do – to stay on that road and stay strong.’

Tickets for the gig on September 24 are £15 and doors open at 7.30pm. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk
n See a clip of The Magic Numbers playing their new song Roy Orbison at Pie & Vinyl by going to portsmouth.co.uk/video