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“The champion qualities of rock and roll music are hard to wield. So it goes in a genre that has a powerful market penetration, with too few artists to truly represent its elements. Larry Bulawsky stands at the helm of Magic City with a cavernous howl, often donning the guitar to exude style and honest-to-goodness skill. Psychedelics spread from the fingers of JJ Hamon, who brings forth an extra-terrestrial hum through six strings and lap-steels. Magic City sounds striking both on record and in person, with Adam Hesed working as the rock & roll organ donor and bassist Anne Tkach voiding any weak spots with strong, melodic lines. Their performance is a sacred rock ritual, both feverish and classic in its delivery.”
“The best albums draw you in by magnetic compulsion, and Magic City's full-length debut is a hypnotizing circus: muddy, spooky, wise and thrilling. The band is packed with scene veterans and anchored by the city's most spellbinding frontman in Larry Bulawsky. There is some honest-to-goodness weirdness on this record; pumping it through headphones is the kind of experience that makes you feel feral and alive. There is a narrative here, as on all great records, of morality subjected to the shimmering temptations of life. Les Animaux Épouvantables is also Tower Groove Records' debut release, and it's as strong a starting point as a burgeoning music collective could hope for.”