I entered the South Side Music Hall, located in the Palladium/Gilley’s complex to a wall of noise. Here We Go Magic had just begun playing their first song, “Only Pieces” where they were joined with Dr. Dog drummer, Eric Slick. If I can say anything about this band, I will say they are a band that differs drastically from their recorded and live performances.
In order to explain that comment, I need to go back to their beginning. Here We Go Magic started with Luke Temple singing and recording the first self-titled album by himself on a 4-track recorder. He then expanded the project to include other performers – Kristina Lieberson (keyboards), Michael Bloch (guitar), Jennifer Turner (bass guitar), and Peter Hale (drums) – were signed, and went on tour with Grizzly Bear, which is where I had my first encounter with this band. I listened to their live show not knowing anything about them. One moment I heard the afro-pop influences that one might associate with Peter Gabriel, and at the next I heard the spacey stream-of-conscious music that might be compared to Animal Collective. Needless to say, the first album covers a spectrum of music and styles. Their second album, Pigeons, was released earlier this year and recorded with the entire band.