The Magic Numbers is an
rock band comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters who all
attended The Cardinal Wiseman Roman Catholic High
School in Greenford.
The group was formed in 2002, releasing
their critically acclaimed debut album titled The Magic Numbers
on June 13
, 2005. Their follow-up album, Those the Brokes
was released on
The Magic Numbers are: Romeo Stodart (lead
), Michele Stodart
, vocals), Sean Gannon
(drums) and Angela Gannon (melodica
Stodarts are the children of a Scottish father and a Portuguese mother and were born in
Trinidad in the
Caribbean, where their mother was an opera singer and had her
own TV show. When the family fled an Islamic coup attempt there
in 1990, they were raised in New York.
mid-1990s, when Romeo was 16 and Michele was 10, they moved to
Gannons are of Irish descent but lived in Hanwell, London where they
became friends with their neighbours the Stodarts.
forming The Magic Numbers, Romeo and Sean spent time trying to form
a band together under various guises, and previously performed
under the name 'Guess'.
In late 2002 The Magic Numbers formed in their present guise, and
they began touring the London circuit, gradually developing their
sound and building a small cult following, not least amongst some
already established artists including The Chemical Brothers
, and Ed
, with the latter later influential in their signing to
record label Heavenly Recordings
narrowly beating off competition from Rough Trade Records
Their rise came swiftly, beginning in the summer of 2004 and later
that year when they began supporting well-known artists such as
Travis, Ed Harcourt and Snow Patrol
appearing on the bill of some low-key UK festivals, building an
intense following as they did so. In November 2004 they released a
very limited edition 7” vinyl single, "Hymn for Her", to coincide
with a three-show residency at The Borderline in London.
The Magic Numbers
back of releasing just one commercially-available single, "Forever
Lost", and even before their debut album was released they played a
sold-out show to a crowd of over 2,000 at The Forum in Kentish Town, London.
They played their first live
session on UK radio on the Dermot O'Leary Show, BBC Radio 2.
The eponymous debut album was recorded in late 2004 and early 2005
at Metropolis Studios
and released on 13 June 2005
. The album was produced and recorded by American
Craig Silvey. Prior to release only "Forever Lost" was promoted as
a commercial single and this was followed up by later releases
"Love Me Like You", "Love's a Game" and "I See You, You See
the release of their debut album, the remainder of 2005 and the
first few months of 2006 were spent touring and promoting their
album and singles, throughout the UK and USA, across
Europe and also in New
Zealand, Australia and Japan.
Their Japanese tour was featured as a side documentary on the 2006
version of Jonathan Ross
Although heavily played down, they received a large amount of press
attention for being the first band to walk off the TV show
Top of the Pops
allegedly insulted their
physiques (he denied "a fat melting pot of talent" was intended to
be insulting), shortly before they were due to appear on the show
to promote their single "Love Me
". According to an interview with New Zealand's
magazine, it was rather that the band were
not happy with the show's policy of lip
rather than anything else.
The album was shortlisted in 2005 for the coveted Mercury Music Prize
Those the Brokes
After their heavy touring and promotion of their self-titled debut
The Magic Numbers would return in autumn of 2006 with their
follow-up album, Those the
. The band is currently continuing to promote
and tour for the album, including supporting The
Who in Southampton, and an appearance at the 2007 Glastonbury
The album was partly recorded in New York at Allaire Studios in
Spring 2006, a venue which has also been used in the past by
and Ryan Adams
, and was
recorded and engineered by Richard Wilkinson.
From The Magic Numbers
||"Love Me Like You"
||"Love's a Game"
||"I See You, You See Me"
||23 May 2005
||8 August 2005
||24 October 2005
||16 January 2006
||"Idea of a Feeling"
"I Hope You Don't Mind"
|"Drunk on Your Words"
|"Keep It in the Pocket"
"Last Night I Fell"
|"Forever Lost" (cover by 'Magic Fractions')
"Close Your Eyes"
"There Is a Light
That Never Goes Out"
"Crazy in Love"
From Those the Brokes
||"Take a chance"
||"This Is a Song"
||23 October 2006
||19 February 2007
|UK Singles Chart
||"I Hear You Knockin'"
"There Is No One"
"Cowgirl in the Sand (live)"
|"Oh, You Might as Well Live in My Head Now (The Jump Rope
"Steal Me a Dream"
"Take Me Out"
The Magic Numbers have made appearances on various other artists'
- Duke Special - "Our Love Goes
Deeper Than This" (backing vocals)
- The Chemical Brothers -
"Close Your Eyes" (vocals)
- The Concretes – "Your Call"
(vocals), "Sunbeams" (backing vocals)
- Ed Harcourt – "Revolution in the
Heart" (backing vocals)
- David Kitt – "Up to You" and "Guilty
Prayers, Pointless Ends" from the album, Not Fade Away (backing
- Jane Birkin - Fictions
- The Boxer Rebellion - "Flashing Red Light Means Go" (backing
vocals by Angela) - from their newly released album,