on friday i went to see magic kids at the camden barfly.
they’ve just released an album called ‘memphis’, presumably because they are from memphis. i haven’t yet listened to it. i bought tickets for the gig on the basis that the song ‘hey boy’ is a brilliant beach boys rip-off. 2 minutes and 15 seconds of sun. plus, allo darlin’ were the support band.
memorable bits of my magic evening included:
- the lead singer’s jeans. male camel toe.
- hey boy (where’s your girlfriend?)
- the wholesome girl with the violin and tidy slimline brown leather belt
- the new allo darlin’ song. and polaroid song.
- that’s about it
given that mega-twee invariably gives me travel sickness, i really should have listened to that memphis album first. i also should have read the guardian’s thoughts on the band: “one of their tracks, phone, is super-exuberant and almost creepily twee.” fact.
other than when they were playing ‘hey boy’ their unnaturally smiley smiles made me feel a little bit queasy.
the last two words of that guardian quote tell you everything you need to know about magic kids gigs. next london one is on 28 october at twee mothership, the lexington. don’t forget to wear travel sickness bands.