The Magic Numbers have been described as the new Mamas and the Papas. Personally I think they have a solid claim to be the new ZZ Top, seldom can there have been such a hirsute band on stage since glam rocked.
The Magics are an engaging quartet of brother-sister, brother-sister. And like those famous family bands of the 60s/70s (Ms & Ps, the Carpenters) they know how to work a harmony.
Romeo Stodart is the lead singer but shares vocal duties with sister Michele, who also plays bass, and drummer Sean's sibling, Angela.
Their sound has been compared with Flaming Lips or Beck, but they draw inspiration from a far bigger melting pot - an echo of Beautiful South, a pinch of Orbison's Blue Bayou, a splash of Beach Boys, even something a little Beatle-esque.
The result is quirkily unique, switching easily from beguiling melodies to bursts of guitar-thrumming frenetic energy.
Romeo has professed a dislike of "Big indie ballads like they were made for 60,000 people singing along," yet displayed no inclination to tell a packed Civic Hall to belt up as they clapped, swayed, hummed and even oohed along
Kudos must also go to percussionist Angela for bringing the Melodica and xylophone back to the forefront of popular music.