AN INTERVIEW WITH…PAERIS GILES (THE MAGIC GANG)

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PAERIS GILES – photo: Emma Swann

THE MAGIC GANG are heading out on their biggest ever tour this month. Starting at Newcastle’s Think Tank? and ending at Bristol via the likes of Nottingham and Glasgow, the Brighton band are ready to blow intimate venues apart.

I spoke to drummer Paeris (pronounced Paris) Giles ahead of this tour, new EP and other bits and pieces.

YOU RETURN TO NEWCASTLE ON 24TH SEPTEMBER – HOW ARE YOU FEELING THIS TIME AROUND?

“To be honest it is the one that we always look forward to! I remember when we first went to Newcastle we were kind of worried about how many people would be coming, with us being from Brighton!

“It was nearly sold out and we were taken aback – we looked at each other on stage like how has this happened?! We are quite glad it is the first one because we have not played for a while, but it is a place you know people will be into us.”

THE GIG IS A SATURDAY (AGAIN) – DID YOU MANAGE TO CHECK OUT THE FAMOUS NEWCASTLE NIGHTLIFE LAST TIME?

“We have never done it! But it is funny you mention it because every time we play Think Tank? there is a poster up in the toilet advertising that it is the best club in Europe!

“Hopefully we will get a chance to go, but we will have to check in with our tour manager and hope he will let us go and have a mad one in Newcastle.”

THE FIRST TIME I SAW THE MAGIC GANG IN NEWCASTLE WAS WHEN YOU SUPPORTED SWIM DEEP – HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THE NEWCASTLE CROWD OVERALL?

“Yeah that was Riverside, wasn’t it? Like I said before it is just mad. I remember the last show we did at the Think Tank? everybody was going so mad. The speakers nearly came down because people were pushing so much and jumping around. It got dangerous and we were really worried incase they hit someone.

“It is nice to come so far away, literally the furthest away from home and people say thanks for coming up. It is so surreal and lovely that so many people come out and see us up there [Newcastle]. It is always a treat!”

THINK TANK? AND THE OTHER VENUES THE MAGIC GANG ARE PLAYING ON TOUR ARE SO INTIMATE – IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR REASON FOR THIS?

“At this point we still love the places we play. The atmosphere is a bit better with more energy in a small place. Maybe when we come back after this tour we will be pushing up the venues.

“It would be really cool to play the Riverside in our own right because that is such a cool venue!”

EP 2 HAS BEEN ADVERTISED ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA – WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT SO FAR?

“It doesn’t actually come out until the 23rd which is the day before tour. We dropped the new single This Way a couple of weeks ago and the reaction to that has been crazy. We have had quite a lot of radio play with it, but it has just been so positive.

“That track is one we have played on tour but it wasn’t out and now it seems to be a bit of a fan favourite. I think it is one of our favourites to play live and we are really excited to show everyone the new stuff on tour.”

WILL THE OLDER MATERIAL STILL BE ON THE SETLIST?

“We don’t lose sight that people want to hear those old songs and we are not just going to cut them because we are bored of them. People have paid to see us so they should get to hear everything that is online.

“We will be playing both EPs then maybe a bit of experimental stuff. I haven’t checked with the rest of the band yet, though.”

SUPPORTING YOU ON TOUR ARE KAGOULE, BABEHEAVEN, WILLIE J HEALEY, TEN TONNES AND ISLAND – DID YOU PICK THESE PERSONALLY?

“Kagoule are fucking amazing and we had such a good time with them over summer because we played a few festivals with them. We are such huge fans of their band and them as people so it meant a lot to have to have them come with us.

“A few of the other guys like Willie J Healey are pretty cool, but Kagoule were the main ones we wanted.”

HOW WAS FESTIVAL SEASON FOR YOU?

“It was so good! We were really lucky to play some really nice festivals. Latitude was so picture-esque and beautiful and we were with a huge bunch of mates who came down to see us so it was lovely.

“A couple of weeks ago we did Reading and Leeds which was the biggest show we’ve ever played so that was amazing. The reaction of the crowd on Festival Republic stage made us so happy to be there. Our 16-year-old-selves were so proud of us.

“We got to Latitude quite late so we missed The Maccabees which we were gutted about because they have always been so nice to us. We played Felix’s new record label launch so we were gutted not to see them. To be honest, though, seeing Kagoule was probably my highlight.”

KAGOULE ARE REALLY COOL – WHEN THEY PLAYED HARTLEPOOL I HAD A SMOKE AND DRINK WITH THEM BECAUSE OUR MATES WERE SUPPORTING.

“They are so original! Are you a Hartlepool fan? I have a real soft spot for Hartlepool because of FIFA – they have this midfielder called Brad Walker who grows into an amazing player. He is THE BOY on FIFA. I have been keeping tabs on him and Luke James. Scott Flinders as well, that goalkeeper!

“If you can manage to get Brad Walker down to the gig we will put him on the guest list!”

SPEAKING OF FOOTBALL, HAVE THE BAND GOT A FANTASY LEAGUE GOING ON THIS SEASON?

“I am really bad at that! I am just a serial career mode player so I absolutely rinse that instead! The fact that Will Grigg did not play at the EUROs was really sad.”

WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR AFTER THE TOUR?

“We are going out on tour with Spring King, but I am not sure if we are coming to Newcastle or even anywhere close. I will have to check.

“We also have another tour, but I can’t tell you about that yet because nothing has been announced. It is a big one with a really good band who a lot of people like!”

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Tickets for The Magic Gang are available from here.

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