The Magnificents

The Magnificents


“The Magnificents seemed to have tapped directly into the life-force of the greats; The Stoodges for raw primal energy, Joy Division for twitchy, ichy momentum and The Jesus & Mary chain for howling intemperance.”


The Magnificents are one of the most interesting new bands on this planet or any other. Fresh from a stellar showcase at SXSW in the Lone Star State – where the editor of The Austin Chronicle felt compelled to supplement their logo with an exclamation ha!o – these itchy and scratchy electromagnetic tomcats are set on a break-neck trajectory en route to somewhere out there.

Arguably, the former Edinburgh College of Art quartet are augmenting a nitrous oxide layer to a Teutonic wedding cake first baked by Can, Kraftwerk, Joy Division and Magazine. With a splash of Metzger and a skoosh of Basquiat, the neoteric top-tier of this rocket-cake seems set to redefine the blurred line between hair-trigger insomnia and heir-to-the-throne insanity.

In May, the ever-discerning Beta Band favoured The Magnificents’ rampant energy for their first-ever support act - hiring them as wing-men on the UK leg of their Heroes to Zeros tour – while Robert Hardy of Franz Ferdinand is another high-fidelity fan.

Steven McGregor, 26, is the skull-and-crossbones survivor of the four. Captured by pirates in his formative years, McGregor was reprogrammed as a digital Mechanoid on Ephedrine, and released back into the wild as the Whispering High Priest of Tatooine.

Drew McFadyen, 27, plays guitar just like the Spanish play football. It’s all slow, slow, FAST! when this whirligig of a working class hero cranks up the M-Machine to full effect in his General Franco jacket.

It’s not that 25 year-old drummer Casey Millar is different from the rest of the band. He’s dissimilar to everybody else entirely. A rampaging riot of a righteous hombre, Millar’s Kendo Nagasaki tendencies are a concern to all and sundry.

Tom Stuart, 24, is a jangling juxtaposition of laugh-a-minute mischief and fear-and-loathing. Seemingly, he’s learned some hard lessons from Perseus as well as Ian Curtis, since there’s no turning back once this stone-cold player begins transmission.

The Magnificents have been asked to and played support shows for such bands as:
The Beta Band
Max Tundra
The Vue
Blectum from Blechdom


'Last Gasp Of Revenge' / 'White Lies' 7" single, release date 7th June 2004 (KFM008V)
'The Magnificents' debut LP released April 2004 (KFM007)
'4Claws of the Underground' 12" released on Scandinavia records
'Kids Now' 12" released on Erkrankung Durch Musique

Set List

The Magnificents play usually for 45 minutes to an hour. The set usually consists of material from their album plus new material.