LIVE REVIEW // The Magic Gang @ Patterns 14.04.16

THE Magic Gang are a band who need no introduction. These Brighton babes have made a name for themselves in the and it's one we won't be forgetting in a hurry. The quartet are masters at what they do and it also happens that they are an incredible live act, without fail. 

With the rays from the sun earlier in the day long gone, a packed out crowd gathered in the basement of Brighton's trendiest new venue, Patterns (formerly known as Audio). Support came from Leeds' finest indie pop-rock quartet Vitamin who could certainly give The 1975 a run for their money. 

They're a modern band who are fully suited to slip into the mainstream and win all of our hearts over. Don't believe us? Take tracks such as the infectious 'This Isn't Love' with slick hooks and big beats. The band have recently been announced to play The Corn Exchange at The Great Escape in Brighton next month and if they throw out belter after belter like they did tonight - the crowd are in for a major treat. 

Half an hour or so later the room turned to darkness and as the screams of obsessive fans roared, The Magic Gang took to the stage. Choosing to open with 'Lady, Please' from their last EP, which sees their lively and dedicated mass of fans erupt almost immediately. 'She Doesn't See' follows and frontman, Jack Kaye remarks that he can't see the crowd either. 

Having only formed in 2013, The Magic Gang are undoubtedly one of the best and most exciting bands around at the moment. The sheer volume of their sound is as impressive as they come and the group decided to showcase a selection of blistering new cuts on the night. 

Fresh material, such as the simple, yet explosive melodies of 'Isn't Easy' and compellingly addictive 'All This Way' were bookended between the material that broke them in the first place. In the last six months or so, The Magic Gang's stage presence has undoubtedly improved and leaves the impression that this is a band who are destined to tread stages far bigger than the one they own tonight. 

The Brighton four-piece also debuted new tracks titled 'Only Waiting' and 'Blue For You' which were enthralling and anthemic. The calculated riffs and slick hooks of the numbers were enough to provoke mass mosh pits amongst gig revellers and it appears the barriers at the front of the venue couldn't keep the crowd in check as it tumbled over. Fans spilled onto the stage and the band's monitors and equipment. 

It's strong songs like 'All That I Want Is You' and set closer 'No Fun' that creates the wild live shows that The Magic Gang are fast becoming known for. Not only did they pull off one hell of a homecoming show, they proved their worth as one of Britain's best live bands but it didn't stop drummer Paeris Giles from asking "was it alright?" at the merch stall afterwards. Their 50s-tinged madness is going places and we can't wait for the next show they throw our way. 

Words Lauren Wade

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