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They’ve been away for a little while, but The Magic Numbers have returned.

Their fourth album Alias is released on Monday, four years after their last, Runaway.

And they are coming to the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, on September 24 as part of a nationwide tour.

But before then, they will be playing an exclusive acoustic lunchtime date at Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl on Wednesday.

Comprising two pairs of siblings – Romeo and Michele Stodart and Angela and Sean Gannon – the band were an instant hit with songs like Forever Lost and Love Me Like You when they first emerged in 2005.

Their dreamy indie-pop was made distinctive through their use of some impressive boy/girl harmonies.

They followed their self-titled debut with 2006’s Those the Brokes.

The new album promises to bring an atmospheric angle to their rich and harmonic sound.

Only 60 people will be allowed through the doors, with the shop closing at 11am to allow time to prepare. The shop expects to reopen about 11.45am, with the performance starting at midday.