CATCH THEM AT THEIR SINGLE LAUNCH ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 16TH AT FRANKIES PIZZA BY THE SLICE IN SYDNEY
“Numbing hooks tied with groovy basslines, jam-worthy riffs and a voice so goddamn powerful the US are using it to overthrow Russia.”
– Blunt Magazine
Sydney’s Oddly Timed Stoner Jazz Rock with a Dash of Goth three-piece Magnus (fronted by leading man Arne Heeres) formed in 2012 to bring their urgency, fearlessness in experimentation and healthy disregard for genres to Australian music. After a busy year recording in 2018, Magnus return now with new single “Saints, Sedated”.
Live Magnus, derived from “Magn-hus” and translating as “powerhouse” in Old Norse, are defined by their name. Set up as a power trio which gives maximum impact and at times space for each instrument to shine separately. As a testament to their intense live performances, a casual open mic at Melbourne’s famous Cherry Bar landed them a residency and nomination for Cherry Bar’s best live band of the year award by invite of none other than owner James Young himself.
Since their debut album’s release in 2016, it’s received critical acclaim by both online and print media with The Sydney Morning Herald stating that “The band clearly likes to tease and with terrific self-confidence in their undoubted abilities the approach does create a lively anxiousness within their music.”.
In 2018 recording of the follow up album took place under supervision of Five time Aria award winning producer / engineer Paul McKercher with COG’s Lucius Borich on drums it promises an even more raw and visceral approach yet still including the unexpected twists and turns Magnus have become known for. Both Paul McKercher and the legendary Bob Clearmountain (Grammy winner, USA – Rolling Stones, Springsteen, The Preatures) have been mixing songs and Brian Gardner, Grammy winner and known for Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf album, mastering the album.
“I had met Lucius Borich (COG’s drummer) a few years ago while looking for an engineer/producer for the very first EP. An incredible drummer and great guy. Anyone with a clue will tell you that the rhythm section is the most important part of the band. And watching Lucius and Blake Cateris (bass guitar) fly through the songs like all those key & time signature changes and generally odd song structures don’t exist was amazing. Both of them contributed so much to the record, with Loosh even adding backing vocals, keys, percussion and what not later in his own studio in Byron Bay.” – Arne Heeres (Vocals/Guitar)