Fresh Magick

Article Published: Jan. 28, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Fresh Magick

Tremendous power starts moving as soon as area funk-rock band Major Magick opens with fierce grooves in its debut self-titled album, Major Magick.

Band members include Stephon LaMar with lead vocals, Kyle Rozich with lead guitar and vocals, Mike Runyon with keys, Cody Adams with bass and vocals, and Nate Osborne at the drums. The group started in Boone, and the album was produced by Split Rail Records.

"Fuse" begins the disc and establishes the cruise speed for the rest of the production. But once you settle in for the listen, it gets obvious that you are going to be changed by the unmistakable groove.

"JJ" peddles the gas and tears open the label with guitar riffs that slap the sleeping awake. It pours out the story of a fighting man with a mean left hook. Left without hands from a dynamite explosion, the titular character drives a bulletproof Cadillac and has a temperament to bury any cross-eyed glare.

Runyon pops funk through the keys with the style of a Haunted Mansion ride in "Mythical Beasts," as Lamar inflects tones of the wild world of beasts.

Then the album steps into a whole other league when "Simple Plans (Of a Caveman-)" calls out from the driving primordial origins of life to express the absolute reason for existence: sex.

Magick proves that there are no fetters holding back the mind of a caveman in the heat of foreplay, and the music on this track is devilishly hypnotic. Showing prowess for complementing genuine groove originality and powerful lyrical dialogue, the group takes this track all out.
"Sugar" follows in the lascivious vein started with "Simple Plans," but the intellect of this track shows true genius. A buffet of sexual innuendos all precisely innocent, Magick shows that man has evolved from the mind of a caveman, but is no less seductive and direct.

Soul and devotion are the movement in "The Same Red Queen." Powerful vocals from LaMar reach out and grip cold hearts. Perhaps the most healing track on the album, lovers and the lost alike can gain some wisdom from "The Same Red Queen."

Magick has a dark irony. "Obsolete Machine" opens the door for the observations of a machine passed over by time. Cascading vocals and keys drift and jitter, the song existing in the subject and theme. Magick pulls off conceptual art with intense talent.

There are nine solid tracks on the album, though Magick is touring a handful of the southeastern states, believing in the value of live performance.

This group has a mission, and it is evident in the work produced. Major Magick can be picked up at Fat Cats Music and Video, located at 965 Rivers St. in Boone, the Appalachian State University bookstore and

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