CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

November 2005

The Magus

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"Harvey, there's someone at the door."

"Who is it?"

"Don't know," replied Robin. "I just saw some guy walk up the path."

"Hang on. I'll finish this track and see what he wants."

Harvey de-tuned the Europa and plucked a rubbery A sharp note, letting it ring out until the tape ended. He took his headphones off, placed them on the green and brown pouffe and walked down the spiral staircase, grabbing a handful of Blissbombs on the way. Opening the front door, he was confronted by a man in a dark green cape, clutching a Kalimba.

"I'd like to join your band," announced the man.

Harvey, turned and looked quizzically at Robin, who had followed him to the door, and said "I don't know...but we do need a Kalimba on some of our songs."

It was while I was cutting up spinach for a pie that I decided to pack a bag, book a train and head up to a town I'd never heard of - Wingello, in NSW's Southern Tablelands. I'd been listening to a band called The Magus and thought they were so good that - fuck it - I would drop everything and ask if they needed another band member. Besides, I needed another chapter for my book 50 Bands in 50 years (due out in 2014). I needed something new in my life. Something refreshing. And The Magus are exactly that - refreshing. 'The City' is easily one of the best songs I've heard in a long time. The other three songs are fantastic, too. "I hope they let me join The Magus!" I screamed to the spinach.

The Magus are Robin Stone and Harvey O'Sullivan and reside in Wingello (population 600). From their bio: The Magus first came together in July 2003, making music and recording onto an old fashioned 4 track helped beat small town boredom. They derive their name from the 1965 novel by John Fowles that Timothy Leary described as "the first great psychedelic novel." These young musicians want to make psychedelic music (and John Fowles) cool again. "We play for the trees, or anyone else who cares to listen. We enjoy the sound of water in our songs."

Robin indicated for me to start playing and pressed the record button on their 8 track machine. I looked up at him, then over to Harvey who was holding up a bark chord chart, then down at my instrument. "I don't think I can tune the Kalimba to A sharp." -ND

harveyosullivan@gmail.com


other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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