On Magistrates' myspace the first two influences listed are Prince's Purple Rain and David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust. That alone is enough to make them wonderful, but also a lot to live up to--two of the biggest classics of the last century. I'd put the band's music more on the Prince side, combined with their third listed influence: Talking Heads. I'd heard of these guys before but finally checked them out after seeing a rather dramatic photoshoot in this month's Q magazine. If I remember correctly, there were fist pumps going on. Fist pumps are always epic. So far Magistrates have one song that I absolutely adore, which is their upcoming single Heartbreak. It's got a laidback, synth-soaked 80's sound and a luxurious, super-catchy hook. If the band can come up with a dozen tracks this good, they'll be well on their way to releasing one of the year's best debuts.
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