Here We Go Magic Pick Up John Waters, Release Bandstand Busking Session + More
"'A Different Ship' is an album of fragile beauty" - Q
"...in the heady pulse of standouts like 'How Do I Know' or 'Hard to Be Close,' you can get a much clearer understanding for why a Here We Go Magic live experience was and is potent enough to send guys like Yorke and Godrich into early morning spasms. Their many gifts are on full display here, in their finest light." - SPIN
"A Different Ship is another exciting chapter in the story of a band who continue to improve with every release." THE QUIETUS
"...a beautiful, expansive step forward...what will surely be one of 2012’s loveliest records." -STEREOGUM
Following on from releasing their third album 'A Different Ship' last week, it seemed like it was back to the grind for Here We Go Magic setting off on the US road again to play a bunch of shows. Little did they know that the sinewy figure waiting at the Ohio roadside on Wednesday (16th May) was none other than cult director John Waters, who hitched a ride with the band in their van.
Read the full-story as it unravelled via Twitter here, (and yes we couldn't quite believe it either): http://dcist.com/2012/05/hitchhiking_director_john_waters_pi.php
The Waters incident frames HWGM's reflective new song 'Alone But Moving' in an entirely different context.
Watch it here as recorded by Bowlegs, in-store and acoustic at Brighton's Resident Music last week: http://www.bowlegsmusic.com/2012/05/here-we-go-magic-alone-but-moving/
Here We Go Magic also recorded a three-track Bandstand Busking session on Hampstead Heath last week prior to a hot, sweaty sold-out album launch at the Sebright Arms.
Watch the session here, complete with pedigree dogs and mini Vox amps: http://bandstandbusking.com/here-we-go-magic/2012/05/15/
And finally watch frontman and songwriter Luke Temple interviewed and playing guitar for The Line of Best Fit: http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/videos/video-interviews/watch-the-line-of-best-fit-meet-here-we-go-magic-91692
'A Different Ship'* is out now on Secretly Canadian on vinyl, cd and mp3, order it here.
New single 'How Do I Know' is to be released on 7" 21st May. The song is the molten core at the center of 'A Different Ship', the new sunny and spacious album that the band recorded with Nigel Godrich. Directed by Sean Pecknold (Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Grizzly Bear) the video stars Janet Pants as a happy-go-lucky dancing robot who is being returned to the factory by her owner.
Album background info:
The seeds for 'A Different Ship' were planted at Glastonbury’s Park Stage in June 2010. Here We Go Magic had been on the road since spring, wowing audiences at Bonnaroo, Coachella and elsewhere with their uncanny live chemistry, turning album tracks into intricately groovy sonic explorations. Live shows had been their sweet spot since their earliest rehearsals together, when singer/songwriter Luke Temple, bassist Jennifer Turner, guitarist Michael Bloch and drummer Peter Hale bonded over a shared belief in musical spontaneity and improvisation.
Glastonbury, though, had started out rough for the band. Onstage before noon and in scorching sun, they struggled at the start of their set to feel connected to the crowd. “We were playing horribly hungover and groggy, in front of hungover and groggy people,” says Bloch. “The crowd wasn't giving us much to work with, except for these two guys standing in front,” Temple continues. “One of them was dancing around like a maniac and I was like, ‘I’m just gonna play for those two guys. Then I realized, ‘That’s fucking Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich!’”
Godrich, for his part, says, "I am a big fan of this band. They work VERY hard. They are very talented individually and collectively. I was turned on to them by Thom Yorke while we were sharing a tipi at Glastonbury and was awoken by their opening set at the park stage. He dragged me along to see them, bleary eyed and hung over. They gave an amazing performance for breakfast."
The band met Yorke and Godrich briefly after their set, and over the next few weeks, Godrich popped up at their shows in London and Paris, eventually proposing to Here We Go Magic that he might lend a hand with their next recording. In particular, the producer said he thought he could help them better communicate their live sound on tape, something he calls "very powerful and unusual."
And this he did. 'A Different Ship' is Here We Go Magic’s most remarkable and captivating album yet, with an emotional and musical arc that is alternately calming and anxiety-inducing, and often both at once. 'I Believe In Action' and 'Make Up Your Mind' sound like they’re being beamed in from outer space, while more earthbound tracks such as 'Miracle of Mary', 'Over The Ocean' and 'Alone But Moving' amble in a somnolent haze, with Temple’s cool timbre cutting through the fog.