The Magnets - Gobsmacked (4 stars)

This article is from 2009

The Magnets - Gobsmacked

Take it to the Fringe

A multi-talented ‘six-pack’ ensemble from England, The Magnets breath fresh air into a cappella singing, while adding their cheeky confidence, dancing and interplay theatrics. With both combination singing and each individual taking a turn under the spotlight, their appreciative capacity audience revel in their every move and instrument-like verbals.

While quirky renditions of The Buzzcocks’ ‘Ever Fallen in Love’ and Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ impress without going too overboard, the lads come up trumps via showstoppers ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ (once property of hard-rockers The Darkness) and recent smash ‘Poker Face’ – Lady GaGa eat your heart out.

Wannabe Scots, Rod Stewart and Franz Ferdinand (Alex Kapranos), come in for a bit of flak by way of the lads’ bagpipe-like mouth pieces – but it’s all tongue-in-cheek so to speak.

Hats off all round to The Magnets’ amazing oral percussionist, who would – with a blindfolded audience – give ‘real’ sticksman Phil Collins a run for his money. Forget G4, The Flying Pickets or any of their ilk, The Magnets (who go through an A-Z of hit songs) are value for money and worthy of bigger things – beyond The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent. The world is indeed their oyster.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 089445 458 252, until 31 Aug, 5.25pm, £11.50–14 (£9.50–£12.50).


  • 4 stars

The Magnets remix the songs you love... a cappella. From Joy Division to Scissor Sisters, 'Gobsmacked!' is a fusion of glorious harmonies and incredible beatboxing. Forth FM Fringe Award winners. 'A breathtaking, sexy, postmodern show' - ***** (Scotsman).