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17 Abr 2007, 11:45Thu 12 Apr – The Magic Numbers
We popped down to the St. James on Thursday night, and were completely knocked out by The Magic Numbers. Following a short and enjoyable set from Auckland’s own shambling alt-country retro stylists The Nudie Suits (Dionne, give us a smile!) we settled in to a prime position just stage left to watch the show.
The Stodarts and the Gannons didn’t disappoint, though frontman Romeo had to be considered unlucky to lose his guitar sound on the opening number on two consecutive appearances (sack the roadie!). All the extremely radio-friendly pop hits were there, sparkling versions of This Is A Song and Take A Chance particularly good, Long Legs taken at an impressive clip, but what struck us immediately was the beefy sound these guys can put out.. so you thought the Numbers were twee and fey? Nope, my ears were ringing about a quarter of the way through. And in a good way. They’re working out some good changes of pace and mood too.. blazing away one minute, the next they can go all ethereal on you and drop in something like a sneaky excerpt from Running Up That Hill..
Angela definitely has the pipes, her spotlight number Undecided was a highlight. Sean pounds away and hangs on for the ride, and Michele.. well, if she isn’t quite the rock star these days, flinging her Fender Jazz around with her hair flying.. Kim Gordon watch out!
And they’re such NICE folks.. Romeo doesn’t quite know what to say about all the adulation, but the Numbers smile and get on with it. Birthday dedications at a full-on rock show? How sweet it all is.
An extended version of Hymn To Her and a pounding country hoedown called The Beard with all four Numbers ending up on the drum riser (how ‘rock star’ is that?) helped to close the show just fine. Try and pick up their new disc ‘Those The Brokes’, it’s just dandy.