Single Review: How Can I Compete // The Magic Gang

Taken from their upcoming EP set for release in April, Brighton boys The Magic Gang are back with their new, summery single ‘How Can I Compete’, alongside the announcement of a massive UK tour to commence in late spring. Full of bouncy guitar, drums, and harmonious vocals, the single is the perfect soundtrack as we head out of winter and into the sunny months, and is surely destined for popularity among fans and indie-lovers alike.

With vocals not dissimilar to that of The Kooks, the track evokes themes of young love as lead vocalist Jack Kaye sings  “how can I compete // I don’t want a contest // I just want to know that you’ll be in my arms”. Incorporating the band’s signature guitar riffs and laid-back style that has treated them so well in the past, the song is cool and catchy, and serves to prove that the group’s recognition as ‘ones to watch’ in 2017 is certainly well deserved.

The Magic Gang‘s live dates are as follows:


Fri 28 – Hit The North, Newcastle
Sat 29 – Live At Leeds, Leeds


Mon 1 – The Leadmill, Sheffield
Tues 2 – Sound Control Basement, Manchester
Weds 3 – The Sugarmill, Stoke
Thurs 4 – Academy, Leicester
Fri 5 – Academy, Birmingham
Sat 6 – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
Mon 8 – Portland Arms, Cambridge
Tues 9 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Weds 10 – Academy, Oxford
Thurs 11 – The Horn, St Albans
Fri 12 – Heaven, London
Fri 19 – Horatios, The Great Escape, Brighton
Sat 27 – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool

Words by Kate Eldridge

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