WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016 |
Posted by: Don Saas
Here's a sad truth about working in the music biz. You hear tunes from an endless host of great bands...each day I have to pass on coverage for a host of tracks that I think are really cool and worthy of our reader's attention just because every site has limited resources and you have to make decisions about how to allocate your resources. But even with the smaller acts that you decide you have to cover, you never know if they'll be able to follow up with good tunes. I've lost track of the bands with a great debut record that disappeared when it came time to follow up or their sophomore output was the inevitable disappointment. It doesn't look like Mrs. Magician are going to have this problem.
Mrs. Magician was a band I first became familiar with in 2012. Their debut album, Strange Heaven, arrived in the Baeble offices back in the days when we were getting physical CDs delivered to the office on a semi-regular basis. One of the interns took a listen to it (probably cause of the killer band name/cover art of the record), and we immediately started passing it around the office like hot cakes. With its expert classic surf rock riffage, Strange Heaven was a blast from the past in the best possible sense of that word.
And though 2013 saw the release of another killer collection of Mrs. Magician tunes called B Sides, it looks like 2016 is going to bring us our long-awaited official follow up to Strange Heaven. Mrs. Magician have shared the first single from Bermuda which is due out May 20th. The track, "Forgiveness," is a full-throttle fusion of thrumming blues rock and angular surf punk, and, yep, we're really glad that intern opened that copy of Strange Heaven all those years ago.