Multimagic is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “What’s in Cincinnati?” But upcoming neighborhood Over the Rhine is something bassist and vocalist Mia Carruthers advocates for, as well as the other band members.
Multimagic exudes a confidence and onstage that isn’t seen a lot in New York. It may be more hip to “play it cool,” but Multimagic has no problem playing as loud and as excitably as possible. They’re jumping up and down, swinging side to side, and generally having a good time – especially for an opener. So when NYC based female trio New Myths asked them to open for them for a few dates including Chicago and Baby’s Alright in Brooklyn, Multimagic didn’t hesitate to drive halfway across the country to cease the opportunity.
I had listened to a few demos that the band had put up on Soundcloud a month before, but the recordings don’t do justice for their live show. Carruthers – the only girl in the band – harmonizes fluently with lead singer Stetter, and the band passes around instruments a couple times – a sure indicator of true talent.
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Some good comparisons may be to rhythm based electronic guitar wave bands such as Frightened Rabbit, The Kooks, or even a little Radiohead thrown in there – nonetheless, Multimagic is on their way to crafting an eclectic, energetic sound that is sure to please ears in both Cincinnati and New York City.
We sat down with Multimagic after their show at Baby’s Alright to talk music.
P&W: What’s the scene like in Cincinnati?
MM: I think there’s a scene, but here’s some hierarchy. We wouldn’t call it a scene. There’s a big divide in the venue sizes – we have huge and small, but not a lot of in between. Everyone knows each other, and there’s a healthy competition. We want to bridge the gap between the sizes of Cincinnati
P&W: How did you hook up this show tonight?
MM: A couple of us came up for CMJ and we talked to the booker about setting something up. We just went up to him at the show and asked.
P&W: Do you think the house show scene is present in Cincinnati?
MM: We’re looking for a sound bigger than a house show scene. We have another hometown show, acoustic set – it enables us to connect to our fans.
P&W: How do you like NY?
MM: We really like it!
Article by: Hillary Barleaux