Magazine Gap is a British rock band from London and on a particular mission: to prove that an unusual combination of their dissimilar influences can have broad appeal. The band is made up of three individuals who come from very different backgrounds and points on the musical compass but joined together with a shared desire to experiment blending a range of genres to create a distinctive sound.
We recently caught up with the brand new song by Magazine Gap entitled “Body Language”. The subtle and syncopated guitar picking coincides with the drumbeat to evoke a sense of soul and funk into their rock roots. The intricate but smooth sense of rhythm is something that’s carried throughout the entire song, giving it a feeling of continuity.
One of the major strengths and identifying characteristics of Magazine Gap is James Keen’s distinctive voice. He has powerful vocals that create an intimate connection with the listener as he reels off flourishes of uplifting lyrics. It stands out as an instrument of genuine warmth, sweet passion and perfect pitch.
Brian McCook holds down a steady beat on the drums, while Alex Ho fills in all the textures and tones with his piano, to complete the sonic picture. Together the trio hits the auditory sweet spot, touches the heart and display many charms on “Body Language”, as they deliver articulate, succinctly adult emotions in one shot:
“Cos you know what you want, but you just got to read the signs
As you move to the beat, swaying side to side
And it feels pretty good, and you know just why that is
Cos you don’t have to speak, it’s just body language”
The song is sung effortlessly, and flawlessly recorded, while the instrumentation is exquisitely mixed, which leads to the almost perfect amount of polish, elegance and soul. “Body Language” provides Magazine Gap the ability to showcase all their assets, and they don’t let the opportunity go a begging!
MORE ABOUT: Magazine Gap has toured extensively around their home country, including headline performances in 13 major cities around the UK, as well as across to Ireland. They’ve also done shows across the United States and subsequently toured the Far East with shows in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
To date the band have released the album, “Light & Shade” – released online as two EPs (“Silver Lining” and “It’s All Good”) – with 12 songs recorded in major studios in London, New York, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Pasadena and Hollywood. They’ve also released their “World Tour EP”, with 6 live recordings from six different cities on three separate continents.