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|Years active||2006–2009, 2011-|
Magistrates are an indie-soul quartet hailing from Essex, England.
|Paul Usher||Vocals, Keyboard|
Paul and Mark played in various bands whilst growing up together, including performing under the name Echelon in 2006 and as Mixed Business with Andrew Grant. After a change to the current line-up and a change of name in mid-2007, Magistrates signed to XL Recordings in the June 2008. The band released two singles "Make This Work" (August 2008), and "Heartbreak" (May 2009).
Magistrates also played the HMV Forum, Kentish Town, London on the 15th of May 2009, as a support band for Friendly Fires alongside Wax Stag.
Magistrates also played a gig at Wakestock festival 2009, they were met by huge support from many fans there.
Magistrates played their first gig after reforming at the Queen of Hoxton, London in August 2011. Shortly after this, the band made their first festival appearance in two years by supporting headliners Athlete at the Brownstock Festival. This also marked a rare appearance in their 'hometown' of South Woodham Ferrers, and were introduced onto the stage by Jon Morter.
Magistrates returned in 2013 with the singles; B.T.P.A and When We Are Apart.
The video for When We Are Apart was shot in East London and is directed by VH/Yes. The video uses stock footage from an 80's dating video re-edited to appear as though it is lip-synced. The video was also selected as Vimeo Staff Pick.
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- Echelon are now Mixed Business. MySpace Music. Retrieved on 2009-05-04.
- La Roux to headline the 2009 Samsung NME Tour. NME. Retrieved on 2009-04-25.
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- "hey to people...". 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2011-02-11.