You rarely see a five-piece just a few years out of college playing with the gifted focus of consummate professionals while also throwing themselves around stage with the abandon of kids at a punk show in someone’s friend's basement. Magic Man's music at its best creates a sense of weightless promise.
From the Providence area, Magic Man was started by childhood friends Alex Caplow (vocals) and Sam Vanderhoop Lee (guitars and keyboards) while they traveled around French organic farms trading labor for room and board. When Caplow and Lee returned home and decided to hit the road with their music, they added college friend Justine Bowe (keyboard) and Joey Sulkoski (drums) to their act.
Magic Man teamed up with Neon Gold Records (and Columbia Records, in turn) and released their first EP, You Are Here, in September of 2013. The groups debut studio album, Before the Waves, is set to be released July 8th.
Magic Man's standout singles like
Catherine are effortless, epic and delivered without pretense, and the band’s full-length debut Before The Waves is built on a rare mix of innocence and experience. It — along with Magic Man’s widening tour orbit — serves as something of a statement of intent for the band: they’re here to keep doing this, turning every show into something singular, reckless, comfortable, and real.
The group is on tour this summer with Panic! At The Disco and Walk The Moon and we could not have been happier to grab them for a free live performance! Miss out? Check out some recap highlights below!