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
"...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.