The Mass Magicians

The Mass Magicians

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We totally have what it takes to get your daughter drunk and naked in the back of our van, but we wouldn't do that because we respect you.

Biography

Marrying complex, lyric driven songwriting with everything from muscular rock to mellow folk, Seattle's The Mass Magicians were born during the recording of what would have been a second solo release by singer-songwriter Christopher Stewart. Wanting to stretch beyond his previous sound based in guitar and voice, but without any other colors on his palette, Christopher quickly found himself painted himself into a corner. He reached out to some friends for help and the project began to take on a life of it's own. With multi-instrumentalist Ben Dietzen (Poorsport, Hello Karma) on board, the sparse acoustic arrangements of Christopher's simple songs quickly grew into a full record and with the addition of drummer Ian Borak (Osmosis), they blossomed and gave fruit.

"Calling The Mass Magicians indie rock wouldn't be wrong, but it would be like naming a forest after one of the trees that grows in it." says Christopher. Trying to describe it further, he muses, "Remember how everyone freaked out when [Bob] Dylan plugged in? Well, we kinda sound like... well, like if everybody freaked out over Elliott Smith doing the same thing... Only, he did and they didn't. So, I guess we don't sound anything like that either."

These incoherent analogies become prophetically clear in listening to the band's April 2009 debut release "A Ghost at the End of the World", where the roots of many musical styles run deep. With bizarre soundscapes like the title track, the Ween-esque humor-rock of "Mexican Pony Ride", the bouncy piano-pop of "She Will", and the folk-metal mess of "Emergency", the true nature of The Mass Magicians emerges. It's a beautiful, jarring and ebullient musical amusement ride where the vagaries of being human are presented in a deep field of focus... and like so many other amusement rides, it's not for children and it's not for everybody, but it sure is for reals.

Currently the The Mass Magicians are trying to book dates for a west coast summer tour, so if you're a booker, help them out!

Discography

2009 - A Ghost at the End of the World

Set List

we can provide anywhere from zero to 120 minutes of pure musical joy.