Channeling the spirit of early Orange Juice with twist of The Style Council and the swagger of The Smiths, San Francisco’s Magic Bullets envisage an era indebted to sardonic crooners yet craft the most joyous guitar pop you’ll hear this year, or any year for that matter.
Magic Bullets are a five piece hailing from San Francisco, CA, who have lost more drummers than Spinal Tap, not to mention a few founding members. Their new self-titled album is the result of a band that have seen their ups and downs and ended up the better for it. They wear their influences on their sleeve (“everything from Wedding Present to Chic to Schubert”), yet sound wholeheartedly present in the west coast music scene. Dreamy and melancholic, with a funky bass line, the likes of lead single ‘Lying Around’, released March 14, and ‘Sigh The Day Away’ are just two examples of Magic Bullets nailing the bittersweet pop aesthetic.
The band previously released A Child But In Life, Yet A Doctor In Love on Words on Music and a self-released EP before signing with upstart Brooklyn label Mon Amie Records. Mon Amie is a one-lady operation out of a tiny Greenpoint living room who spends her sleepless nights helping deserving bands reach deserving ears. None could be more deserving than the glorious Magic Bullets, Having wowed at CMJ last year and been praised by the heady likes of Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan and Spin it is high time the band ventured to UK shores to win over the hearts of a nation who so revere the sound Magic Bullets effortlessly channel.
Magic Bullets’ new album will be available in the UK and Europe on March 21, preceded by the 7” single “Lying Around” which will be released on March 14.
1. A Day Not So Far Off
2. They Wrote A Song About You
3. Pretend And Descend (focus track)
4. Lying Around (focus track)
5. Can You Believe That’s Us?
6. Red Room
7. On Top Of The World
8. A Name Sits Heaviest On My Heart
9. Millions Of People Running In Circles
10. I Can’t Make Myself Forget
11. Sigh The Day Away