"Sonic marriage of two indie heavyweights." - BlackbookMag.com
LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2008 - Two musicians and one rock critic. Not a new rock opera but instead, the story specifically of Magnetic Morning and its dawn.
Brought together by a dual admiration for each other's music and introduced by a mutual journalist pal, Adam Franklin of Swervedriver/Toshack Highway and Interpol's Sam Fogarino make up the unique musical partnership of Magnetic Morning. "The songs are a testament to Franklin and Fogarino's willingness to step away from their individual musical calling cards; there's no screeching distortion or three-guitar jams a la Swervedriver, and the music is considerable looser than Interpol's buttoned-up rock," exclaims Magnet.
While each has claimed its own stake in rock history, this is truly a full collaborative side-project for both. Whereas one might expect a mash-up of two distinct bands, what they create is something wholly singular, full of lilting, dream-pop soundscapes. With a self-titled, five-track EP [released on DH Records in April] already under their belts, the duo is slated to record their debut full-length album this August in Athens, Georgia.
"When we first worked together we had no real idea of what things would sound like or what direction it would take, but very quickly an overall sound and style aesthetic developed which I can't quite specify; but there's a kind of melancholic, reflective, walking-off-into-the-sunset side to it," explains Franklin. Stepping out from behind the drum kit, Magnetic Morning marks a true collaboration as Fogarino contributes melodies and chord progressions that Franklin then adds to. Fogarino explains: "For the both of us, working together is the opposite of our norms. Adam is usually the main songwriter for whatever he's involved with. And I don't contribute all that much to the melodic side of Interpol, only in the ways it's colored, treated, and effected. But in Magnetic Morning, I'm usually the one to bring forth a chord progression, or a melody that Adam will add to, musically, lyrically, and vocally."
Franklin and Fogarino plan to debut their new material on a fall U.S. tour this October and November. With nary a crewmember nor tour bus in site, these two seasoned musicians come to you armed with their instruments and their passion on their sleeves.
MAGNETIC MORNING ON TOUR
October 15 - Athens, Ga. @ Caledonia Lounge
October 17 - Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel
October 18 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda's
October 20 - Allston, Mass. @ Great Scott
October 21 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Southpaw
October 25 - Milwaukee, Wisc. @ The Cactus Club
October 26 - Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
November 2 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent
November 3 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Roxy
November 8 - Austin, Texas @ Waterloo Park
November 10 - Atlanta, Ga. @ The Earl