Single review: Magnus | Humbugger

The band Magnus (derived from “Magn-hus” and translating as “powerhouse” in Old Norse), certainly lives up to its name, with the release of robust new track ‘Humbugger’, the second offering from soon-to-be-released album ‘Detachment’.

The aural equivalent of a Mississippi gumbo, ‘Humbugger’ is packed to the brim with different elements. A dark driving bass line, reminiscent of Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’, kicks the song off. Vocalist Arne Heeres keeps things strong and haunting, with a touch of Josh Homme thrown in for good measure. By the time you’ve absorbed the rocking guitar riffs, your head will be bobbing like a dashboard toy.

With eerie, bass-driven verses crashing into white knuckle driving vocal melodies ‘Humbugger’ treads the line between the head-banging of a live show and a psych rock bliss out.

A team of superstar record makers had their hands on this track, and upcoming album, with Brian Gardner (Grammy winner, and known for Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Songs for the Deaf’ album) mastering the album. Both Paul McKercher and the legendary Bob Clearmountain (Grammy winner, USA – Rolling Stones, Springsteen, The Preatures) have been mixing songs for ‘Detachment’.

Singer and songwriter Arne Heeres described how he got to the point of writing this song, and where it came from:

“Growing up, you’re influenced by the people around you and the ones you admire. You have to make up your mind who you want to be, find what defines you. This song needed to be written to remind myself to live, not slip into the comfortable vegetable patch. Creep into the mind, talk to the characters who live there, confront the ones that haunt you, nurture the ones you need, mould yourself into that true version of you.”

There is definitely some beef on the bone with this track. Check it out, and you will undoubtedly be keen to hear the album. ‘Humbugger’ is available now through all the usual channels, and the guys will be hitting Vinnie’s Dive on 21 July for some serious live action.

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