The Incredible Magpie Band, majestic rock n’ roll Wakefield five piece, are poised to release their eponymous debut album, on 11th May. Eleven short, sharp, pop tunes, filled with memorable hooks and punchy 60’s inspired rock melodies reflecting the glory days of classic British guitar music.
Ahead of the release, the band are now premiering their new single 'Straight Lines' exclusively on Fred Perry Subculture. The track, written by Lee Knowles, is a retro guitar-pop sound invoking memories of The La’s and The Coral, with elements of The Beatles and even contemporary Jake Bugg. Listen below.
In their short time together the band have built up a loyal fanbase and have received glowing endorsements from the likes of BBC Introducing’s Gary Crowley, Pete Mitchell at Absolute Radio and Liam Gallagher. The band recently cut their teeth on the live circuit with four sold out shows supporting London mods The Rifles and The Jesus and Mary Chain on the Nottingham leg of their UK tour.
The Magpies have a keen eye for classic song craftsmanship and pop sensibilities which are showcased perfectly in this self-titled debut release. Album opener ‘All I Am’ blends West Coast psychedelic fever with Spaghetti Western landscapes while recent double A-side single ‘Money’, is stomping 60s pop-soul meets rhythm and blues – an unashamed rally to the working classes.
"When we went into the studio we wanted to make an album that was pretty raw and rootsy, to try and keep it as close to the live sound as possible and concentrate on the songs and I think that's what we’ve achieved , we all just got in a room, mic'd everything up and played", says singer-songwriter Lee Knowles of the forthcoming album.
The songs are delivered with an aesthetic sensibility that is at once magical and uplifiting and completely accessible to anyone with an interest in well-written, -played, -produced, and -sung pop.
The Incredible Magpie Band is: Lee Knowles (vox / guitar), Lou Taylor (bass / vox), Ben Hardcastle (lead guitar / vox), Matty Davey (guitar), and Ewok Layton (drums / percussion).
“They infuse a range of transatlantic styles (early rock’n’roll, Merseybeat, skiffle) into their infectious sound and will surely take beer-soaked caverns near you by storm anytime soon” - Q Magazine