Review: The Magic Gang – ‘How Can I Compete’


The Brighton-based quartet captures the feeling of summer in their easygoing new single

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It may be only February, but listening to The Magic Gang‘s new single has me dreaming of long summer days spent kicking back with mates in the park. Their bouncy, infectious brand of feelgood alt-rock, reminiscent of bands like as Circa Waves and Blossoms, is perfect summer road trip music, and ‘How Can I Compete’ is no exception.

From the introductory drum beat to the bouncy bass sign-off, you’ll be left smiling from ear to ear and cheering along with the chorus after only the first listen. The backing guitar is buoyant, energetically backing singer Jack Kaye’s heartfelt lyrics that despair of a love rival in an impassioned chorus. Meanwhile, the band’s trademark backing drums and playful bassline give the track an altogether more carefree spirit.

As far as an introduction to The Magic Gang goes, you can’t go far wrong with ‘How Can I Compete.’ Breezy, spirited, and somehow bittersweet, it’s the sort of tune that will comfortably dwell across radio as we head into summer. Quite frankly, I can’t wait to listen to this with the sun shining, windows down and a cool breeze coming in. With a new EP coming in April and shows both as headliners and with Circa Waves coming up across the country, they seem perfectly ready to join the ranks of established indie bands such as Catfish & The Bottlemen and Two Door Cinema Club.

‘How Can I Compete’ is out now via Yala Records


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