July 17th, 2012
The Band Responsible For One Of Our Favorite Records Of 2012, Here We Go Magic, Are At Johnny Brenda’s Tomorrow Night
In May of this year, Here We Go Magic delivered their third studio album, their second as a full band. See, HWGM is mostly Luke Temple. He started making music as HWGM and got signed to Western Vinyl, then later to Secretly Canadian. The lovely story as reported on R5’s band bio is that as HWGM was tearing through (and impressing crowds at each stop) festival dates, they caught the eye of Nigel Godrich (the Radiohead right-hand-man) at Glastonbury. He signed up to translate the groove-heavy and funk-friendly spacevibe these guys were capable of creating on stage and turning it into a bangin’ record created in a studio. Well, the team basically did just that with A Different Ship.
When we wrote about it in On The Record back in May, we had no idea that it would stay in CONSTANT ROTATION for the next handful of months. Sir Godrich may have something to do with the making of a sound that’s as infectious as In Rainbows, but nothing can disguise the fact that Temple’s voice is clean as a whistle. The songs are creative, they have movement and meander at will. A smattering of bands come to mind that approach what HWGM does: Grizzly Bear, The Shins, The Walkmen, and Animal Collective to name a few. But there’s something unique about the blends they work with: folk and funk, grooves and krautrock, quiet and noise, earthly and spaced out.
Anyway, it’ll be a great show. Hopefully, we’ll see you there.