“I remember confetti falling until it accumulated around Rod Stewart like drifts of snow,” says Jordan Tannahill. “We’re definitely going to have a storm of confetti.” Tannahill has been teamed with indie-pop darlings The Magic to create an evening for the SummerWorks Music Series. “It’s a late-night revue show — fantastic, super-campy, capital-G glamour based on The Midnight Special
. Live rock shows and concerts capture something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s not just the size, it’s the level of engagement — not just cerebral and intellectual like theatre can be. I really like the surreal, the queer and the camp.”
Evan Gordon, half of the brother team that founded The Magic, agrees: “Glam rock is one of our influences. My brother Geordie has a bit of that Freddie Mercury thing going on. In the indie-rock world, performers aren’t that theatrical. It doesn’t matter if it’s musically together; it’s more about the feeling and the rawness. They don’t dress up. We struggle a lot with that — people expect to go to a party, but our lyrics actually mean something. But they have to dance.” This show will be a party — literally. Tannahill says, “It will devolve into an all-night dance party with DJ Craig Dunsmuir, and there will be neon lights, lycra, giant props and sequins.” And confetti.
The Magic’s debut album launches Fri, Aug 10 at The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen St W.