Following the release of their first album “Mass” in 2011, Magnets and Ghosts have made great strides in gaining popularity in the indie, alternative rock scene. From the bluesy-rock tones of the Black Keys in their song “I Want You” to the smooth, upbeat melody of U2 in their song “Like A Sunday,” Magnets and Ghosts definitely has an array of sounds that make their music stand out.
Atlanta duo Dean Roland and Ryan Potesta are wrapping up the final shows of their “Light My Flame” tour.
Magnets and Ghosts performed in Charlotte on Thursday at Evening Muse, located in NoDa, Charlotte’s popular arts district. I expected the crowd to be mostly college students, but it actually had a turn-out of a diverse range of ages.
Prior to the show, Roland and Potesta mingled with the crowd, exchanging a few jokes and engaging in light-hearted conversation, which no doubt added to the enthusiasm and support they received from the crowd during their performance.
The show was opened by their song “Mass,” for which the album is titled. The ambient lighting and the hypnotizing melody of the keyboard, followed by smooth vocals that resembled an eastern European chant, gave you just enough time to ease yourself into the performance and prepare for the transition to the very explosive, uplifting beats of “I Want You.”
By the time “Hold On,” a particular favorite track that Roland and Potesta describe as their “leap in creativity,” was performed, the crowd was singing along, and even a few individuals were slow-dancing on the floor.
For a band that formed just two years ago, Magnets and Ghosts has made great strides in getting heard.
The turn-out far exceeded expectations and the performance definitely gave a strong, lasting impression. The band will be welcomed with open arms if they return to Charlotte.
On Facebook, Potesta announced that Teen Mom 3 will be featuring five songs from “Mass” during its upcoming season, premiering on August 26. Potesta and Roland also hinted that they will soon be returning to the studio to release new material.