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This week, we feature Magic Bullets, a San Francisco sextet whose debut album a CHILD but in life yet a DOCTOR in love is one of the most exciting releases we’ve encountered this year. One listen to the record indicates why the group is climbing local radio charts–they excel at catchy and dynamic songwriting, as moody and melodic instrumentals intertwine with singer Philip Benson’s unique, emotive vocals.

Although the band’s debut, a CHILD… feels like a band coming into its own. Their sound neatly straddles the line between modern and classic, leaving critics to reference groups like The Walkmen, The Wedding Present and Gang of Four while the band avoids following any one group closely. In short, it’s a great record and an exciting start for this band.

We sat down with guitarists Corey Cunningham and Ryan Lynch to discuss the new record and learned that the band’s tight songwriting has been an evolving process. While Cunningham, Lynch, and singer Benson were formerly in a different band together called The Cosmos, the new line-up and new sound of Magic Bullets presented initial challenges, particularly for chief songwriter Cunningham. As he told us, the band has found its groove and are exicted about what’s to come. Along with the chat, we’ve also included four songs from their excellent debut album.

You can catch the guys at The Independent before they embark on a West Coast tour:

Friday, July 13th
The Independent
8pm, $12 (Purchase advance tickets here!)
w/ Chow Nasty, The Heavenly States, The Loyd Family Players, Beat Red

Head on over to Magic Bullets’s MySpace page to hear more and get all the tour dates, and you can find their web site here. a CHILD but in life yet a DOCTOR in love is released on Words on Music, where you can download “Heatstroke” and “Yesterday’s Seen Better Days” and see the band’s video for the latter song. You can purchase the album from Amazon.com or on iTunes.

Thanks for listening!