About Magic Man
Their summer abroad yielded the duo's 2010 debut Real Life Color, which despite a limited internet-only release, spread from Bandcamp across the internet like a slow-burning wildfire. By the time the band signed with Neon Gold/Columbia in 2012, Magic Man had evolved into a five-piece with the addition of childhood friend Daniel Radin on bass, college friend Justine Bowe on keyboards and Joey Sulkowski on drums. The exuberance of their new live show helped transform the band's sound. When Sam and Alex retreated to the Providence, RI apartment they called the "Fox Den" to refine their material, the lo-fi, mellow warmth of Real Life Color had shifted to the anthemic propulsion that defined the band's resulting Fox Den Demos, which comprise the backbone of the band's first proper studio effort, You Are Here.
Magic Man has spent 2013 on the road with bands like MS MR, Walk the Moon, Grouplove, Ra Ra Riot, and St. Lucia, in support of their release of the You Are Here EP. The music is euphoric, arresting, and has an impressively timeless quality—it's Bruce Springsteen for a generation raised on synths. "We try to evoke emotion with our music, rather than just trying to make something cool," says Sam, but it's clear that they've managed to do both.