Here We Go Magic, which evolved from being Luke Temple's solo project to a full-fledged band, has lately undergone more significant shifts.
Work with Radiohead and Beck producer Nigel Godrich on A Different Ship, the group's third album, changed the band's own perception of its artistic promise and direction. Bassist Jen Turner recently departed the group, leaving Temple, guitarist Michael Bloch and drummer Peter Hale to continue as a trio, collaborating on the road with touring members Eliot Krimsky of Glass Ghost and bassist Brian Bettancourt of Hospitality. Despite an August spent, as Hale puts it, focusing on "barbecues and swimming" following a cancellation of some European gigs, Here We Go Magic launch a fall tour with Andrew Bird on September 26 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Several weeks ago the Brooklyn band, which opened for the Afghan Whigs in Australia late last month, headed north to the Bronx for a session at Studio A. Watch more videos from their strong four-song set and read highlights from the interview at The Alternate Side.