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Magnet School, the Austin Texas Alternative / Indie Rock legends & sonic sound manipulators are back with their new release The Raven – a 5 track mini opus of sonic tapestry woven around the dual guitar attack of Michael J Wane & Mark Ford ably assisted by the bottom end attack of Brandon Tucker & new drumlord David Hobizal. Once again, Magnet School find themselves pulling from the best elements of 90s shoegaze, guitar heavy indie/alt rock, and dream pop, containing big melodies, huge sonic soundscapes, walls of interwoven guitars, distortion and reverb, and big hooks to go along with it.
About the 5 song EP – Lead track “The Raven” tells a tale Curse of retribution – “It’s about being wronged & the pain that follows and then planning what happens next.Then comes the sweet revenge & then a curse for all!”
“A Conversation” weaves its sonic tapestry through Swervedriven riffage
“Dotted Eighth” is a syncopated instrumental riff beast dueling across the universe between two guitar slingers at noon.
“Mayor of Greenpoint” slides back into melancholic shoegazing and lush melody only to ascend to the heavens with a sonic propulsion that will launch your subconscious into the stratosphere and glide you on landing.
The warm lush sublime cello/violin/piano finale “Reprise” glides you into a warm comfort after the sonic assault left in its wake but with a uneasy foreboding of what’s to come.
The Raven just confirms that they are a band that deserves to be heard as this is their finest release to date. The EP will be released via Shifting Sounds on Feb 2nd on 12” Limited Ed. Blood Red Transparent Vinyl + MP3 in N. America, UK, Europe, Japan. The band is scheduled to play SXSW in March & Japan Tour dates in May. Great things ahead for this 4 piece Texas guitar driven outfit.
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