Magic Giant

Radio 104.5 Presents

Magic Giant

The Ludlow Thieves

Wed, June 21, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Magic Giant - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Magic Giant
In 2016 MAGIC GIANT moved bodies and souls in over thirty cities across North America, touring with bands such as Mike Posner, The Revivalists, and Beats Antique; selling out venues from the Troubadour in Los Angeles to Mercury Lounge in New York CIty to The Silver Dollar Room in Toronto; and playing festivals ranging from Electric Forest to Lightning in a Bottle. They have been announced on many festival lineups for this summer, including Firefly and WayHome.

Their latest single ‘Set on Fire’ has almost 4 million streams and 350,000 video views. Since their self-release it charted #4 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 and #1 on KROQ’s Locals Only. The LA indie band has built a reputation for its infectious sing-alongs and communal live experiences, blending folk instruments (banjo, fiddle, harmonica) with big drums and dance rhythms. They recorded their debut album from their solar-powered mobile recording studio and are set to release it May of 2017.
The Ludlow Thieves - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
The Ludlow Thieves
Staggering from the wreckage of a car accident that claimed seven lives and left him the sole survivor, The Ludlow Thieves’ front man, Danny Musengo, had a shift in perspective. He was finished working the midnight shift at a gas station on a highway in Iowa; he was moving to NYC and dedicating himself to music. Having grown up singing gospel songs in his church, music was where he found peace and purpose, especially after the accident.

The Ludlow Thieves are the realization of the sound, sensation, and dedication he had been pursuing since the accident.

Dan Teicher, the band’s guitarist and producer, had been looking—albeit, impatiently—for the right band for his entire life. With a master’s degree in classical music composition, he honed his craft while biding his time. He scoured NYC for band mates with similarly outsized ambitions that were capable of the enormous sound he dreamt of.

At a party, DT asked a friend if he knew any singers with a unique voice. The friend passed along the contact info for Danny Musengo, describing his sound as “Rod Stewart on two packs of smokes.” Within weeks, DT and Danny had met and were at work on The Ludlow Thieves, a moniker DT had cooked up while writing songs that would appear on the band’s debut.

Days before the duo was set to record some of the songs, the drummer scheduled for the sessions tore ligaments in his right hand. In a panic, DT contacted another mutual friend asking for a drummer that was “trained in jazz, had rock ferocity, and knows the pocket of a beat like a funk drummer.” He was given the name of Walker Adams, a Berklee Grad from the Upper West Side of Manhattan who had played with St. Vincent. The sessions went so well, musically and personally, that Walker was immediately asked to become a permanent member of the band.

Together, the trio have sculpted tunes equally at home in Nashville and Brooklyn. With a sound that is as enormous as it is exuberant, the music’s intensity can be traced back to a highway in Iowa where gratitude and purpose ignited a band.

The Ludlow Thieves are DT, Danny and Walker, but a revolving cast of hoodlums fleshes out their sound by shaking, scraping, banging, slapping, singing, stabbing, and seducing music out of their instruments. They have found friends in singers, pianists, string ensembles, orchestral brass players, jazz trumpeters and saxophonists, and countless audio engineers. These mischievous melodic mutts are essential to bringing The Thieves’ indulgences to musical fruition live and in the studio. All in all, there are over 30 instruments on their debut album.

The sound is occasionally lush and often covered in dust; it is a rustic exploration of the grand and the intimate through an American lens.

The songs and arrangements came easy, but the recording process was like trying to take a whale for a walk—a slow, challenging, and ambitious undertaking. Recalling the recording process, DT says, “Music is a demanding mistress, and this album had me asking for mercy at some points.” Sculpting the sound through a long process of trial, error, and trying again, the completed album is exactly what The Ludlow Thieves hoped it would be—an engaging, dynamic, experimental record with strong roots in the American songwriting tradition.

Still, before even releasing their first album, their music has been featured in commercials and films, and they have been voted Artist of the Month by New York’s premier independent music magazine, The Deli.

DT says he and the rest of the Thieves advise all listeners to keep a mop close by during initial listening sessions of the album—“there are going to be a lot of melted faces out there. Floors might get stained with the rock sauce.”
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125