Magic Numbers Seek 'Late Night Sound' On New CD
U.K. rock quartet the Magic Numbers will begin recording the follow-up to their self-titled 2005 debut next month, following an appearance at California's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.U.K. rock quartet the Magic Numbers will begin recording the follow-up to their self-titled 2005 debut next month, following an appearance at California's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The as-yet-untitled album is expected for an October release in the United Kingdom via Heavenly and in early 2007 in North America via Capitol.
After Coachella, the group will trek to upstate New York's Allaire Studios, which recently hosted Ryan Adams, Secret Machines and My Morning Jacket. The album will be self-produced in tandem with Richard Wilkinson, who mixed the debut.
"The whole producer thing -- I just don't really understand it," frontman Romeo Stodart tells Billboard.com about taking over production duties. "If you know the vision of what you want a record to sound like, you don't need to have someone who doesn't really know you [around] and then spend three weeks trying to get through that barrier of communication."
The band has a host of cuts ready to roll, including the Motown-styled "Boy" and "You've Never Had It," which was named on a tour stop in Seattle. "I just said to the crowd, 'This is a new song and we don't have a name for it,'" Stodart recalls. "They shouted loads of silly names and this girl shouted 'You Never Had It' and we thought that was pretty cool, so she'll be credited."
Stodart says the material will put his doomed love life up for public scrutiny. "Lyrically I can't seem to get away from the fact that I will never ever really truly love again," he says half-jokingly. "It is pretty bad when you try to maintain some kind of relationship when you're on the road and you find yourself getting into dodgy situations."
Sonically, the Magic Numbers are eager to explore darker territory, offering "a real late night sound" on some cuts as well as "harder edged numbers," according to Stodart. The sunny melodies that brought the group's debut such praise won't be left out, though. "They'll be harmonies," he confirms. "There's going to be brass and strings on a few songs and a lot of space on the slower stuff so we've got a lot of texture."
Stodart is also excited to add the new songs to the Numbers' live catalog. "I've found in the last few months I feel like I'm playing [shows] and I'm outside looking at myself," he says. "I think we've definitely lost [the plot] in the last few months."