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We caught Magic Man on a pretty unforgettable day. The young, Boston-based indie poppers streaked through the chaos of NYC with a gig on the books at...er, Madison Square Garden, a tiny hole in the wall dive occupying several city blocks in Midtown Manhattan. Most bands would probably use the lead up time to nurse their voices, stoke their egos, and prepare for the arena that awaited them. What did Magic Man do? A little how'd-they-do-that involving a fan show across the river in Brooklyn and a several hour long session with yours truly. Today, in a fit of internet wizardry, we're thrilled to present the polished, three song cut of songs from the bands rapturous new album Before The Waves.

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It's been a while and I've been alone
And you've been the only thing I've known
Born in the South, at home in the North
We could be anywhere you want
Now you're taking me down where you grew up
I wish I had known you when we were young
You figured me out, I know I've said it enough
But waiting is just too much
So cover my skin with your sun-kissed light
There's a bonfire burning tonight
We could be all right.
Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline
Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline
Picture it now, down the road
Oh just say the word and I'll go
Wherever you are, whatever the coast You are the one I care for the most
Remember the night we slept on the roof
Well I didn't sleep much to tell the truth
Now we're the sand caught in the tide We laugh until we cry
Won't you cover my skin with your sun-kissed light
There's a bonfire burning tonight
We could be all right Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline
Oh Evaline, Oh Evaline, Oh Evaline
Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline
Pull me closer, hold me tighter
The nights are long, but the stars are brighter
Pull me closer, hold me tighter
Take me down, take me down, take me down
Won't you cover my skin with your sun-kissed light
There's a bonfire burning tonight
We could be all right Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline
Won't you cover my skin with your sun-kissed light
Won't you cover my skin with your sun-kissed light
Won't you cover my skin with your sun-kissed light
Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline
Evaline, Evaline, Evaline, Evaline
we were like in middle school.
Our first band was called Yellow Sno.
punk rock.
And then we were in other bands in high school.
So we always knew we loved it.
We all learned guitar together.
And we were always super passionate about it.
But I think when we went to college, I don't think either of us really expected we would be full-time musicians when we graduated.
We were both sort of doing our own thing.
And then by end of college when our first album started getting some traction, and we got signed to Columbia, all of a sudden it became feasible to really, to really do it.
So it was like a dream come true that we never thought would.
- Well the first songs were just Alex and myself, on my laptop.
We were traveling together in France and just writing songs to pass the time.
The beginnings of Magic Man were kind of very DIY.
We pretty much had Garage Band, which comes free on the computer and the built-in mic.
And a guitar.
I think it had five strings by the end of our trip.
Yeah, so that was the first songs we wrote but once we've added the rest of the guys in the band, the sound kind of developed past the sort of DIY bedroom pop sound that we had, and turned into more of a full synth rock kind of sound.
- Our first shows we're pretty much all in sweaty basements or college parties, living rooms.
It started off with just Sam and I.
Like basically me singing karaoke over his backing tracks.
Then we were like, "This is a little bit boring.
Let's get some real instruments in here.
" And now we're a rock band I guess.
- This is Paris.
Jet lag, been in a state of disaster Ever since I left you
The last time I saw you just fade away
Now I get lost tracing my steps back
It cost nearly everything that I'm not ready to lose today
No I'm not ready to lose everything I know I'm letting go of
Paris you know I held on too much
I left you at the station I put you in my past
And now darling All that shit's behind us
You never have to wonder
You never have to ask You never have to
Drink up every last drop and
Shake off the feeling that You're watching me now
I should have just told the truth
Sweetheart, listen to the way
I cannot forget a single day
I spent rolling all around the room with you
Fantasy, taking over like a disease
Pull me out of this, I can't breathe
Burning through my chest
Fantasy, taking over like a disease
Pull me out of this, I can't breathe
I just need a rest from
Paris, you know I held on too much
I left you at the station I put you in my past
Oh and now darling All that shit's behind us
You never have to wonder
You never have to ask You never have to
It's just a fantasy taking over like a disease
Pull me out of this I can't breathe
Burning through my chest
Fantasy, taking over like a disease
Pull me out of this I can't breathe
I just need a rest
No I'm not ready to lose you again
Paris, you know I held on too much
I left you at the station I put you in my past
Oh and now darling All that shit's behind us
You never have to wonder
You never have to ask
Paris, you know I held on too much
I left you at the station I put you in my past
Oh and now darling All that shit's behind us
You never have to wonder
You never have to ask No you never have to
I put you in my past Oh Paris
Oh darling you never never never have to ask
No you never have to
"Before The Waves.
" It came out just a couple weeks ago.
We're very excited about it.
my mother the other day and I kind of realized that this album is the longest and hardest I've worked on anything in my entire life.
And that's not a hyperbole.
It's like we've spent two years, almost more than that, for some of the songs.
The first demos were written a while ago when we were in college and we just worked on it for so long.
And I think we worked really hard.
And to actually put it out there and be able to hold the CD or the vinyl in my hand.
That was probably the most rewarding moment.
I think that's maybe what every band says, but it's definitely true.
- Nostalgia's something we try to evoke a lot in our music.
So hopefully it becomes sort of the soundtrack to the listener's life when they listen to it.
And then anytime they hear those songs it transports them back.
Our favorite albums have done that for us.
The first Killers album.
Postal Service, Giveup.
I mean, Coldplay's early albums.
We've got a lot of favorite albums.
But when I hear them, I like to listen to them all the way through.
And it becomes like the soundtrack to part of my life.
- You know, like Alex said in the beginning, we started playing with a track and we were kind of just singing along to backing tracks at the root of it.
And now once we started rehearsing with the full band, we realized that kind of wasn't really what we wanted to do.
So we actually made the choice not to play with the track.
And kind of tried to replace some of the layers and the little textures on the record with energy essentially.
And try to bring kind of a live rock band feel to the sort of synth rock genre.
There are tons of great bands doing that.
I would not say that we're the only ones, but it's definitely something we made a choice in rehearsals with the band to kind of leave the backing track in the studio or whatever.
And kind of focus on being a rock band.
When we first started playing, we were so excited with this sound we were getting at the live shows.
That's kind of what we aimed for when we were writing.
To bring that sound to the record as well.
I've got to know you're coming back Saw you walking out into the rain
But your shiver is a heart attack In a silence that I can't explain
You know when you're the first to go Well it's harder just to be alone
But you're fading like a photograph And I'm scared that you're all I had
'Cause I know you
It's been a week since I fell apart
They say it's getting better
But if this is the end, then when was the start
They say it's getting better
I can feel it in my bones My sanity is on the line
I should've gone, I should've known
That you're out of sight, out of mind.
I can't afford to lose the spark When you're keeping me out in the dark
Now we're fading like a photograph And I'm scared that you're all I had
'Cause I know you
It's been a week since I fell apart
They say it's getting better
But if this is the end, then when was the start
They say it's getting better They say it's getting better
The say it's getting better
'Cause I know you
But do you know me, oh you know, oh you know
Know know
'Cause I know you
It's been a week since I fell apart
The say it's getting better
But if this is the end, then when was the start
They say it's getting better They say it's getting better
They say it's getting better
'Cause I know you
Now I know, now I know, now I know
But do you know me
Do you know me

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Magic Man is a five-piece band from Boston, Massachusetts who make melodic, dance-influenced indie pop. The band was formed in 2010 as a laptop-based duo consisting of Alex Caplow and Sam Vanderhoop Lee.

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