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Here We Go Magic
High Noon Saloon
Madison, WI
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Here We Go Magic

Here We Go Magic is a five-piece band made up of members Luke Temple, Kristina Lieberson, Michael Bloch, Jennifer Turner, and Peter Hale. Several of them had collaborated consistently in years prior, but the five finally came together with a single unified vision in early 2009, buoyed by the release of the self-titled Here We Go Magic album (Western Vinyl).

The band's creative momentum since has been unwavering. Together they have developed a broad array of musical material and honed an explosive live sound all their own. They spent much of 2009 on successive North American and European tours with bands such Department of Eagles, Grizzly Bear, and the Walkmen, before retreating to a house near East Branch, NY to record their second full length LP.

Pigeons, out now on Secretly Canadian, was recorded to analog tape in the livingroom of a rented house in upstate New York. It represents a full-on collaborative work by a band with an uncanny musical chemistry. The album is produced by bassist Jen Turner and features thick full band arrangements by all members of Here We Go Magic. As they were immersed together in a very reactive and spontaneous creative process, most of the arrangements and textural treatments were born at the same moment as the songs themselves. Songwriter Luke Temple's evocative melodies and lyrics are thus complimented and fleshed out in completely organic ways.

Taken as a whole, Pigeons is a unique and fascinating journey from start to finish, rooted in driving repetitive rhythms, swathed in a celestial haze, and maintaining a consistent and comfortable expressive breath throughout.

First and foremost a live band by nature, Here We Go Magic will be touring almost without stop through the remainder of 2010. They have been invited to play many of the world's leading festivals, including Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Primavera Sound and Pitchfork Festival.

" the woodshedded feel of Pigeons is a good look for the band. Here We Go Magic are doing something more interesting something weirder; they're trying out takes on jittery new wave, tone-smeared dream-pop, and high-pitched Kiwi pop with success." - Pitchfork

"A great leap beyond their already impressive lo-fi debut, Pigeons shows off the kind of prestidigitation that Here We Go Magic is capable of. They take on a lot of ideas, and veer into countless directions, but they handle each and every one with immaculate skill and a playful command of their material." - Treble

"On the standout track "Collector," the fusion of ambiance and kinetic power adds up to a climax that Broken Social Scene might envy." - The A.V. Club

"Pigeons is more unified (and much more satisfying): In chewy, groove-based jams like "Collector" and "Casual," Temple floats delicate vocal melodies over undulating arrangements that never lose their forward momentum" - TimeOut New York

"Pigeons has just confirmed the band's new found cult status alongside Grizzly Bear and Vampire Weekend."  - Filter Magazine



Icarus Himself "Mexico" EP Press:

"Icarus Himself is increasingly garnering attention in indie rock e-zines with national influence. Mexico is sure to push the local trio's star a lot higher." - ISTHMUS

"So even for all the slackers and all the poseurs out at various posts, Whetro's stuff is exceptionally serious and remarkably superb. "Mexico" is a bold step forward in every possible manner: it's composed, it's creative, and it's excellent." - Delusions of Adequacy

"A-" - Onion AV Club

"Icarus Himself's new EP Mexico gives you everything the Old West couldn't: comfort, reliable weaponry, and a guaranteed payout in nuggets. Then with its other hand it delivers electronics, baritone guitars and some lines about overweight babysitters - double kill!" - COKEMACHINEGLOW

"I may be projecting, but it sounds like a band absentmindedly playing music while they think back on the defining moments of their lives. It could be the sound of heartbreak in a small town or a silent prayer for something as beautiful as it was in a memory. It could be the soundtrack to a dream or it could just be the sound of a thousand thoughts jammed into five songs." - Tough Customer



High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703
United States



Minimum Age: 18
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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