The Magic Numbers


Thursday 11th May 2017

Romeo Stodart

Where are you from?   
Who knows? Trinidad and Tobago originally, it's where I was born and lived for the first 11 years of my life.   

Describe your style in three words?  
Dishevelled Snuggle Bear  

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
It’s so difficult to choose the best gig I’ve ever been to so I’m going to say my first ever live experience which was Guns N Roses at Madison Square Garden when I was 12. Having only just moved to New York everything looked and sounded like it was in 3D. My mind was truly blown watching them and hearing that huge crowd singalong, I actually remember crying. It was demystified somewhat returning to the scene of the crime two consecutive nights and discovering that they weren't superheroes but just mere mortals who were essentially putting on a show. Axl Rose would have a rant about journalists at a particular moment in the set, Slash's roadie would put a cigarette in his mouth during certain songs, pre guitar solo of course. It was total showbiz really. I went from pure fan worship to 'I could do this.'

'Rocket Queen' is still a firm favourite. 

Which subcultures have had an enduring effect on you?  
Music has definitely informed the path in which I’ve walked throughout my life. On reflection, it’s kinda funny as at the core I’ve no doubt just been a hippy throughout, but I was a heavy-metaller prancing around with a goth heart beating loudly in my chest throughout my teens. To be honest, had I been a skinny rake I probably would have worn makeup and dressed more outrageously as the posters on my wall were all of Bowie, The Cure, Brett and Bernard of Suede but then I was into the slacker vibe too, loving Pavement. I was all over the place, still am a bit like that really. 

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I would have to have my guitar in hand as I can be pretty shy without it. I wouldn’t say no to an hour with Jimi Hendrix, the two of us jamming round 'May This Be Love' or something, cop a few tricks.   

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
I still think Judee Sill is criminally overlooked. Her story is incredibly tragic, with bouts of armed robbery, ill health, drug addiction and even prostitution but the biggest tragedy is her music going unnoticed. ‘The Kiss’ really is one of the most beautiful songs of all time, and there's something really beautifully unique about the mood she creates with her weaving arrangements and choral harmonies throughout. Her album Heart Food is always close to hand.

The Magic Numbers emerged in 2005, signing to Heavenly Recordings for the release of their eponymous debut LP, which went on to be nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The band have now returned after a four-year hiatus with a new album 'Outsiders' and a headline tour of the UK and Ireland.

'Outsiders' is out now on all formats - find out more here.

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