Eagerly awaited and warmly embraced, 4 Or 5 Magicians' debut album 'Empty, Derivative Pop Songs' is a pseudo-cynical, satirical collection of eleven high-octane, guitar driven, lyrical laments with the common theme of the folly of life, and the fallibility of man, which revels in its own struggle against imperfection. All tracks were recorded on a laptop in short blasts, in a rehearsal room with half-busted equipment, in under 18 hours total, for around £100. The lyrics ruefully grins at its own hypocrisy: "Way over your heads, you're too stupid to get my edgy, alternative rock songs / Well, if you think you do, the joke's on you, they're just empty, derivative pop songs", Ormsby sniggers on 'Change The Record'.
4 OR 5 MAGICIANS are a four or five piece alternative rock outfit from Brighton, UK. They take most obvious influence from the golden era of American indie rock… GUIDED BY VOICES, REM, NIRVANA, THE REPLACEMENTS, SEBADOH, DINOSAUR JR, PAVEMENT, THE PIXIES, BUILT TO SPILL, and early WEEZER and EVERCLEAR, but could write a list as long as your arm of bands who have influenced them, and even then, you’d have to have a pretty long arm, and a pretty fine nib on your ballpoint.
"Beyond the cracking choruses, it’s this acerbic wit that makes 4 or 5 Magicians an essential listen – Ormsby’s gift of the gab matches Alex Turner’s or Mike Skinner’s, but he delivers his lines without showiness and with a smile on his face" - BBC 6 Music
The Irish Times: "Art Brut have finally found their soulmates, and you might well have discovered a new band that could be your life" 9/10
Rock Sound: "his ability to alchemise crushing lyrical wit and infectious melody expertly conjures up the spirit of everyone from Pavement to Pixies, Idlewild and Cable" 8/10
Drowned In Sound: "It may seem like eating chocolate cake wrapped in sandpaper, but it's worth it. Empty Derivative Pop Songs has verses which bubble and choruses which bang, again and again, deeper and deeper" 7/10."The songs mainman Dan Ormsby comes up with are quite simply magnificent ...
[Empty, Derivative Pop Songs] is massive!" - Jaimie Hodgson, NME New Music
"I really like the juxtaposition of the sort of dismissiveness and confidence rubbing-up against each other...a clattering pop-noise that weaves the singer along" - STEVE LAMACQ, on Radio 1 Single of the Week 'Forever On The Edge'.
"Such great song construction!" STEVE LAMACQ on 6music single of the
week 'Change The Record'.
"the sort of lo-fi attack jam that Kurt Cobain would have creamed over" -
ROCKSOUND live review.
"very nearly stirring enough to make you put some pants on and run down to Capital FM with a big gun. Marvellously cynical alt.rock grubbiness. More please!" - THE
FLY on 'Change The Record'.
"A contender for the best lyric of the year ... Lo-fi indie rock at its best" - 8/10 -
DROWNEDINSOUND.COM on 'Forever On The Edge'.
"more than a bit special" - PLAYMUSIC Magazine - unsigned indie/rock band of the year, 2008.
"At last a believeable British retort to the drawling rambles of Stephen Malkmus.
Think Hefner's Darren Hayman fronting Guided By Voices. Ace." - MUSIC WEEK.
"Really, really exciting" + "SOOOO SOOOO GOOD!" + other such enthusings - HUW
STEPHENS, Radio 1.