The Magnets
Six men. Six voices. No luggage.
   

The successful recipe of six young men from London sounds simple. Why should they drag heavy instruments around when they can get people to dance without them?

These gentlemen can produce an absolutely danceable Britpop sound with their voices alone. It’s a sound that goes directly to the legs and leads to uncontrollable muscle twitching.


Whether you’ve heard us live in concert, on record, or on TV or radio we hope you'll enjoy our site. We’re currently recording our second album, and preparing for some fantastic live dates in summer 2002 in both Britain and Europe – including the Queen’s Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. Our first album ‘Giving All That’ is in the shops and available from this website, along with other fine Magnetic merchandising.


"Its a cappella, and its ace" - Smash Hits


Variously described as a pop band with no instruments, or a cappella boy band, we make music with our voices only. Andy Frost - our genius vocal percussionist - provides the groove. From bass drum to high hat, he produces entire drum tracks with his mouth. Colin adds the bass, and the two combined are as tight a rhythm section as you will find. James, Michael, Nic and Steve provide the layers of harmony and lead vocals on top.


"Slick, entertaining, with infections groove.." - Time Out


The Magnets are in their element live - out to prove that there is an alternative to anodyne boy bands and backing tracks. Most recently the band supported Lisa Stansfield on her UK tour, joined Geri Halliwell onstage at G.A.Y at the London Astoria, and sang to 80,000 children and parents on the Young Voices arena tour. Over the last year the they have also played alongside acts such as Tom Jones, Lionel Ritchie, 5ive, Craig David, and at prestigious events such as London's Mardi Gras, the Lieber & Stoller Tribute at Hammersmith Apollo, the Equality Show at the Albert Hall, and the 2001 Labour Party election celebration. The Magnets also tour Germany extensively.


"...fantastic, brilliant, gorgeous men..." - Pauline McLynne on London Live


Notable TV and radio performances by The Magnets include appearances on Parkinson, GMTV, Blue Peter, the Generation Game, as special guests on Song For Europe, Nickelodeon, MTV Extra, Star For A Night, TOTP@Play, The Kelly Show, and Open House, as well as Loose Ends on Radio 4, and for both Lynn Parsons and Janice Long on Radio 2. The band also play a large number of charity and schools concerts every year, supporting causes such as Nordoff Robins Music Therapy and Children In Need, and promoting live music in education.


"Achingly Hip" - The Guardian


Evolving out of an amalgamation of friendships, college shows and luck, The Magnets` current line-up has been together since late 1997. Our debut album `Giving It All That` was recorded in London with leading producer Chris Neil (Cher, Rod Stewart, Celine Dion), and released in May 2001. Two singles - `How Deep` and `All The Wrong Reasons` have been released in the UK, with the latter also winning the 2001 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) for best song.

 

Nick Goodson  
Michael Welton  
James Fortune  
Colin Griffths-Brown  
Andy Frost  
Steve Trowell