The Magic Numbers

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The Magic Numbers
A black-and-white photo of The Magic Numbers leaning and sitting
Background information
OriginEaling, England, United Kingdom
GenresPop rock, indie rock
Years active2002–present
LabelsCapitol Records/EMI, Heavenly, Caroline International, Role Play Records
MembersAngela Gannon
Sean Gannon
Michele Stodart
Romeo Stodart

The Magic Numbers are an English pop rock band comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters from Hanwell in west London. The group was formed in 2002, releasing their debut album titled The Magic Numbers on 13 June 2005. Their follow-up album, Those the Brokes was released on 6 November 2006, The Runaway was released on 6 June 2010, Alias was released on 18 August 2014, and their most recent album, Outsiders, was released on 11 May 2018.

The Magic Numbers consists of Romeo Stodart (lead guitar, vocals), his sister Michele (bass guitar, vocals, glockenspiel), Angela Gannon (melodica, percussion, keyboard, vocals) and her brother Sean Gannon (drums).

History[edit]

Backgrounds[edit]

The Stodarts are the children of a Scottish father and a Portuguese mother and were born in Trinidad in the Caribbean, where their mother was an opera singer and had her own TV show. When the family fled an Islamic coup attempt there in 1990, they were raised in New York City. In the mid-1990s, when Romeo was 16 and Michele was 10, they moved to London.

The Gannons are of Irish descent but lived in Hanwell, London where they became friends with their neighbours the Stodarts. Prior to forming the Magic Numbers, Romeo and Sean spent time trying to form a band together under various guises, and previously performed under the name 'Guess'.

Early years[edit]

In late 2002 The Magic Numbers formed in their present guise, and they began touring the London circuit, gradually developing their sound and building a small cult following, not least amongst some already established artists including The Chemical Brothers, Travis, and Ed Harcourt, with the latter later influential in their signing to record label Heavenly Records, narrowly choosing that label over Rough Trade Records.

Their rise came swiftly, beginning in the summer of 2004 and later that year when they began supporting well-known artists such as Travis, Ed Harcourt and Snow Patrol and appearing on the bill of some low-key UK festivals, building a larger following by increasing their live performances. In November 2004, they released a limited edition 7" vinyl single, "Hymn for Her", to coincide with a three-show residency at The Borderline in London.

The Magic Numbers[edit]

The Magic Numbers in 2006, left to right: Angela Gannon, Romeo Stodart, Michele Stodart (not pictured: Sean Gannon behind drum kit.)

On the back of releasing just one commercially available single, "Forever Lost", and even before their debut album was released, they played a sold-out show to a crowd of over 2,000 at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, where a limited number of live albums of the gig were released. They played their first live session on UK radio on the Dermot O'Leary Show for BBC Radio 2.

Their eponymous debut album was recorded in late 2004 and early 2005 at Metropolis Studios in London, and released on 13 June 2005. The album was produced and recorded by American producer Craig Silvey. Prior to release, only "Forever Lost" was promoted as a commercial single. This was followed up by later single releases "Love Me Like You", "Love's a Game" and "I See You, You See Me".

Following the release of their debut album, the remainder of 2005 and the first few months of 2006 were spent touring and promoting their album and singles, throughout the UK and United States, across Europe and also in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Their Japanese tour was featured as a side documentary on Jonathan Ross's Japanorama.

They received a large amount of press attention for being the first band to walk off the TV show Top of the Pops after host Richard Bacon allegedly insulted their physiques (calling them "a big fat melting pot of talent" in their introduction) shortly before they were due to appear on the show to promote their single "Love Me Like You".[1]

The album was shortlisted in 2005 for the coveted Mercury Music Prize.[2]

Those the Brokes[edit]

After their heavy touring and promotion of their self-titled debut, The Magic Numbers would return in autumn of 2006 with their follow-up album, Those the Brokes. The band did another extensive run of shows to promote and tour for the album, including supporting The Who in Southampton, and an appearance at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival.

The album was partly recorded in New York at Allaire Studios in Spring 2006, a venue which has also been used in the past by David Bowie, The Strokes and Ryan Adams, and was recorded and engineered by Richard Wilkinson.

A live album entitled Live at the Kentish Town Forum was released in February 2007, featuring a live performance of songs from both of the band's two albums.

The Runaway[edit]

The band took some time off during 2008, before reconvening in late 2009 to begin work on their third studio album. The band's website was updated to inform fans that the new album would be entitled The Runaway.[3] The album was produced by Romeo Stodart with Valgeir Sigurðsson, who has previously worked with artists such as Björk, Bonnie Prince Billy and Múm. The album was mixed by Ben Hillier, and features string arrangements by the late Robert Kirby, who worked on Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left album. The album was released on 26 July 2010.

The Magic Numbers played at the 2010 Splendour in the Grass festival.[4] During their time in Australia, they did shows in Melbourne and Sydney with Blue Mountains band Cloud Control. They also played at the annual Glastonbury Festival.[5]

Michele Stodart solo career[edit]

In 2012, Michele Stodart released a solo album with a strong country music influence, Wide-Eyed Crossing, accompanying herself on the guitar. It contains a duet with Conor O'Brien from the Villagers and was promoted on a solo tour by Stodart.[6]

In 2016, she released her 2nd solo album, Pieces, on One Little Indian Records. The album featured guest appearances from her brother Romeo Stodart and singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams.[7]

Acoustic tour and fourth album[edit]

In May 2013, The Magic Numbers announced their first-ever acoustic tour. The five-week tour saw the band play in the intimate surroundings of some of the most beautiful theatres, churches and live music venues across the UK and Ireland supported by British act Goldheart Assembly.[8][9]

The band's fourth album Alias was released in August 2014.[10]

In November 2015, The Magic Numbers toured the UK with McAlmont and Butler, acting as the support act and providing backing vocals and instrumentation to Bernard Butler and David McAlmont.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[11]
BEL
(FL)

[12]
BEL
(WA)

[13]
FRA
[14]
GRE
[15]
IRE
[16]
NLD
[17]
SCO
[18]
SWE
[19]
US
Heat

[20]
2005 The Magic Numbers 7 33 142 12 38 11 11 34
2006 Those the Brokes
  • Released: 6 November 2006
  • Label: Heavenly/EMI
11 34 25 41 13 3
2010 The Runaway
  • Released: 26 July 2010
  • Label: Heavenly
46 78 43 94 90 59 32
2014 Alias
  • Released: 18 August 2014
  • Label: Caroline/Universal
57 86 154 83
2018 Outsiders
  • Released: 11 May 2018
  • Label: Role Play, Black Candy
55 42

EPs[edit]

  • Undecided EP (3 September 2007)

The Six track Undecided EP featured alternate versions of two tracks from their 2006 album 'Those The Brokes' (an edit of 'Undecided' and a re-recording of 'Let Somebody In') plus four previously unreleased recordings.

  1. "Undecided" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Fear Of Sleep"
  3. "Shooter"
  4. "Tonight"
  5. "Let Somebody In" (Alternate Version With Strings By Robert Kirby)
  6. "Sissy And The Silent Kid"

[22]

  • The Pulse EP (2010)

This was a pre-release EP for their then-forthcoming album The Runaway that came out July 26, 2010. Two songs from this EP were not included in the full album.

  1. "The Pulse"
  2. "Dead Mirrors"
  3. "This Isn't Happening"

[23]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[24]
BEL
(FL)

[25]
IRE
[16]
SCO
[26]
"Forever Lost" 2005 15 34 The Magic Numbers
"Love Me Like You" 12 41 10
"Love's a Game" 24 25
"I See You, You See Me" 2006 20 47 17
"Take a Chance" 16 16 Those the Brokes
"This is a Song" 2007 36 18
"Hurt So Good" 2009 The Runaway
"The Pulse" 2010
"Why Did You Call?"
"Shot in the Dark" 2014 [A] Alias
"E.N.D." [B]
"Roy Orbison" [C]
"I Don't Care If It's Christmas" Non-album single
"Sweet Divide" 2018 Outsiders
"Ride Against the Wind"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Contributions[edit]

The Magic Numbers have made appearances on various other artists' releases, including:

Compilation contributions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Shot in the Dark" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 82 on the Ultratip chart.[25]
  2. ^ "E.N.D." did not enter the Flanders Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 45 on the Ultratip chart.[25]
  3. ^ "Roy Orbison" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 52 on the Ultratip chart.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrick Barkham (10 August 2005). "Band snubs Top of the Pops after fat remark | UK news". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Entertainment | Antony and Johnsons win Mercury". BBC News. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 17 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [2] Archived 7 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "2014 | Glastonbury Festival". Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  6. ^ Gillian Orr (20 April 2012). "Michele Stodart - A Magic Number goes solo - Features - Music". The Independent. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Michele Stodart - Pieces". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  8. ^ "The Magic Numbers Gigography, Tour History & Past Concerts – Songkick". www.songkick.com. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Review: The Magic Numbers and Goldheart Assembly, Pocklington Arts Centre, last Saturday". York Press. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Magic Numbers Music Store". Store.universalmusic.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  11. ^ "The Magic Numbers | full Official Chart history". theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Chart Stats – The Magic Numbers". ultratop.be/nl. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Chart Stats – The Magic Numbers". ultratop.be/fr. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Discographie The Magic Numbers". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  15. ^ "Discography The Magic Numbers". greekcharts.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  16. ^ a b "Discography The Magic Numbers". irishcharts.com. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Discografie The Magic Numbers". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  18. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  19. ^ "Discography The Magic Numbers". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  20. ^ "The Magic Numbers – Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  21. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 2012-01-02. Note: User needs to enter "Magic Numbers" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  22. ^ The Magic Numbers. "Undecided: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  23. ^ "The Magic Numbers - The Pulse (EP) (2010)". Music Is Amazing. 30 May 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  24. ^ "The Magic Numbers chart positions". Official Charts. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  25. ^ a b c d "Belgian Positions (Vlaanderen)". ultratop.be. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  26. ^ Peak chart position on the Scottish Singles Chart:

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