Magic Wands

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Magic Wands
Magic Wands Photo.jpg
Chris and Dexy Valentine of Magic Wands
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres lovewave, edgy pop[1]
Years active 2008–present
Labels Bright Antenna
Members Chris Valentine (guitar, vocals)
Dexy Valentine (guitar, Keys, vocals)
Vega Schenk(Bass, Keys)
Charlie Woodburn(Drums)

Magic Wands is a band from Nashville, TN.

History[edit]

The band was formed in 2008 after Chris found a copy of Dexy's song, Teenage Love, on her myspace and the two got in touch.[2] Dexy moved from Los Angeles, CA to Nashville, TN and the two began to write music together. The name of the band stems from the gift of a magic wand from Chris to Dexy while the two were living on opposite sides of the country.[3]

In late 2008 the band signed to indie label Bright Antenna and released their first EP, Magic Love & Dreams recorded in New York City with producer John Hill (Santigold/Lykke Li) in 2009. In a review in Prefix Magazine the album was scored 7/10 and reviewer Matthew Richardson wrote that, "the whole EP is covered with the cosmic haze of dream-pop, while the Valentines maintain the attitude of punk kids."[4]

On February 17, 2010, the MP3 blog, RCRD LBL, released a download of the track, Warrior remixed by The xx.[5]

The Wands' debut LP Aloha Moon was released on April, 24th 2012. The announcement was made in an article on the website of the magazine SPIN along with a stream of the previously unreleased track Space. The reviewer, David Marchese, wrote that the track was, "... a sexy and propulsive stunner...a really cool song, suggestive of the darker side of '80s pop and brighter side of falling in love."[6] Session drummer, Cary LaScala, recorded drums on the album and multi-instrumentalist Vega Schenk recorded Bass and Guitar.

The Magic Wands will be releasing their sophomore album in late 2014 consisting of original lineup with drums recorded by Charlie Woodburn. A teaser track entitled Fishbrain has been released via video directed by Annie Hardy of Giant Drag.

The Current live Line-up Consists of Dexy Valentine on lead Vox and Guitar, Chris Valentine on Vox and Guitar, Vega Schenk on Bass, and Drummer Charlie Woodburn.

Discography[edit]

Tracklist:

  1. "Black Magic"
  2. "Kaleidoscope Hearts"

Format: Limited Edition 7" Clear Vinyl

Tracklist:

  1. "Black Magic"
  2. "Starships"
  3. "Teenage Love"
  4. "Kiss Me Dead"

Format: Limited Edition 12" Picture Disc, CD, Digital Download

  1. "Aloha Moon"
  2. "Teenage Love"
  3. "Kaleidoscope Hearts"
  4. "Crystals"
  5. "Warrior"
  6. "Black Magic"
  7. "Treasure"
  8. "Wolves"
  9. "Kiss Me Dead"
  10. "Space"

Format: Limited Edition 12" Record, CD, Digital Download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magic Wands Info on Facebook". August 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. ^ Lester, Paul (May 23, 2008). "No 322: Magic Wands". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Magic Wands Interview: SXSW 2010". March 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  4. ^ "Prefix Mag Review of Magic Love & Dreams". August 11, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE NEW DOWNLOAD: Magic Wands - Warrior (The xx Remix)". Feb 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  6. ^ "First Spin: Hear Magic Wands' Dream-Pop Jam 'Space'". Feb 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Magic Wands - Black Magic (Discogs)". Jan 1, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  8. ^ "Magic Love & Dreams Picture Disc". June 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  9. ^ "Consequence of Sound article w/ Aloha Moon Tracklisting". February 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 

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