Like a banjo player and a DJ rocking a club show in a barn, Magic Giant is a band on a mission to move bodies and souls. The group kicked off 2015 with a performance on KEXP hosted by John Richards (credited for discovering The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey”). They have since been featured on Spotify’s New Music Tuesday, Billboard for ‘Artist on the Verge,’ and NPR’s Songs We Love, which proclaimed, “This L.A. indie-folk band has a summer festival anthem on its hands.”
The trio recently wrapped up self-producing its debut EP, notably featuring Rashawn Ross of Dave Matthews Band and Spencer Ludwig of Capital Cities. The band’s communal live shows are inspired by experiential groups like The Grateful Dead and events like Woodstock. Described by some as “rave-folk,” Magic Giant has been turning clubs into dance parties on their maiden US headline tours, notably playing 13 shows in 8 days at South By Southwest, packing the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles and Mercury Lounge in NYC, and selling out their first international show — the Silver Dollar Room in Toronto, ON.
Magic Giant continues to build a reputation for its anthemic sing-alongs, blending organic instruments with big drums and electronic beats. The band is composed of Austin Bis on lead vocals; Zambricki Li on banjo, mandolin, and fiddle; and Brian Zaghi on upright bass and acoustic guitar.
Singer-songwriter Corey Distler has co-written five albums with the likes of Zinnie for Short, The Martyrs and The Sun-birds (where he met drummer Max Lilien). Dead Men Talking represents the first group in which he is the sole front man. Alongside long-time friends Max Lilien (The Fourth Wall, Mamai, Southern Belle) and multi-instrumentalist Casey Becker (Project Eldridge), the music comes to life. At once it brings to mind classic bands of the 60's and 70's, but upon a closer listen reveals a modern twist that references indie rock and hints at Distler's music studies at Portland State University. Their first release is a 4 track EP and will be immediately followed by a national tour. Stay tuned for good things to come...
9pm / $6