Vancouver-based Modern Alt Rock/Dark R&B artist Bad Magic is an explosive combination of deep grooves, thoughtful lyrical content and headbanger-approved riffs. Lead singer Eric Novak has been described as “if Prince could scream, wrote songs for Arctic Monkeys and grew up going to punk shows”. Between playing festivals like Shipyards, sold-out shows at the Rickshaw Theatre and being selected as finalists in the CIMVA Video Of The Year for their single Fool Underwater Bad Magic shows no signs of slowing their onslaught. With a ferocious appetite for connection and living in the moment at their live shows, the band implores the audience to feel your way through the darkness and get you dancing with your shadow. New 3-song collection “Can’t Sleep” is out now!
Dark R&B, Evil Disco, Indiecore
# of Albums:
We’ve released 6 songs, 3 singles and a 3-song EP called Cant Sleep
Can’t Sleep EP
Devilish Ways ft. Emily Molloy
Favourite musician growing up:
Deryck Whibley from Sum 41
Favourite musician now:
Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age
Guilty pleasure song:
Right now? it’s probably Ring My Bell by Anita Ward
Live show ritual:
Freak out until we go on stage and then freak out even more once the first note hits.
Favourite local musician:
Holy Felix, Brass Camel, Five Alarm Funk, Gnarfunkel, Felisha And The Jazz Rejects, etc etc etc. Vancouver has a really cool indie scene popping up and I’m so excited to watch it blow up!!
EP or LP?
Both are super important for an artist’s career trajectory and, in my opinion, should be constructed with totally different goals in mind. Depends on what kind of story you’re trying to tell. We’re currently in pre-production for our debut LP – keep your eyes peeled for that.
Early bird or night owl?
Night owl soul daylighting as a begrudgingly productive early bird.
Road or studio?
Road for lunch, Studio for dinner. In all seriousness – it’s so fun to take our in-your-face live show on the road and connect with new, incredibly cool folks while the studio is my sanctuary, being creative with all the tools you need to execute any idea you have while surrounded by like-minded creative, talented people and having the freedom of expression is an absolute dream come true.
Any shows or albums coming up?
We’re doing a couple of really fun shows for my birthday bash:
April 22 in Kelowna @ Red Bird w/ William John + Special guests. Ticket here.
April 23 in Vancouver @ The Cobalt w/ BADMNY. Ticket here.
Where can we follow you?
Rapid Fire Local Questions
What is your favourite local restaurant?
B House on Commercial Drive. They have this dish called Bang-Bang Prawns that hits so right and makes the world feel like a better place. I also love stopping into East Van Brewery – the staff is so great to me and all my friends, shout out to my boy Drake!
What is your favourite street in your city and why?
Commercial Drive – as a self-described East Van Alley Cat it’s hard not to love the drive.in all its quirky glory.
What is your favourite park in your city and why?
I love sneaking out to Jericho Beach in the summer, Woodland Park is also great with a nice selection of breweries and ice cream right by.
What is your favourite music venue in your city?
The Commodore Ballroom is a dream venue – I can’t wait to play there. The Cobalt has been home to so many of my favourite shows over the years and I’m so excited to see them reopened and reconnecting with the local music scene in an amazing way! Don’t forget to grab some tickets to our next Vancouver show there on April 23.
What is your favourite music store in your city?
I saw Jack White in Neptune Records many years ago which was so cool, RedCat Records is so supportive of the Vancouver music scene so I love them for that.