There was a moment there, in between when the heat through the window was at its most unbearable and when our film crew was almost entirely set up, that Magic Man
marched one by one into East 23rd street's Mophonics Music & Sound
— a cozy, pint-sized studio disguised to look like a New York City apartment.
The five-piece Massachusetts bred band, composed of Alex Caplow (vocals), Sam Vanderhoop Lee (guitars and keyboard), Justine Bowe (keyboards), Joey Sulkowski (drums), and Gabe Goodman (bass), approached the center of the room with open arms and beaming smiles.
And while we waited, the band sat prepping their voices and instruments, giving each other fashion advice on what shirts to wear. And it was at that specific moment, among the ever-increasing excitement, that I had the opportunity to see who Magic Man really are as a band.
They're not that rebellious rock n roll band your parents love to hate. Nor are they the uptight, scrupulous band that demands retakes until perfection. They're not insufferably annoying or cocky, and they're certainly not a messy five-piece garage band composed of individuals competing for the largest spotlight — they're simply good friends making music for the sole purpose of making music.
And as the charmingly fervent band wiped the sweat from their brows and began to perform with all of the accessible valor that the heat allowed, we had the privilege of documenting what it sounds like when good friends get together in a scorched room to play music — phenomenal.
Take a look at some of the moments we captured and stay tuned in the next couple of weeks to see the full session video: