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Those Attractive Magnets : Version 5

Those Attractive Magnets
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Musical Genre/Type: New Romantic
Formed: April 1981Split: August 1981

Band Members:
Rikk Quay - Keyboards
Andy Baldwin - Lead Vocals
Paul Killick - Keyboards
Gary Garry - Keyboards

Those Attractive Magnets

Those Attractive Magnets

The Stable

Tamworth Herald Features:

Tamworth Herald – 29/05/81
Musicbox – Will ‘Magnet’ be a disc draw?
TAMWORTH futurist band, Those Attractive Magnets, are going back into the studio to record a potential single.

Futurist band Those Attractive Magnets...hoping to make another recording at Steve Adams' Studio.

Futurist band Those Attractive Magnets...hoping to make another recording at Steve Adams' Studio.

The four-piece outfit hope to return to the Birchmoor based Steve Adams studio in the next few weeks to lay down two brand new tracks. This will be their second excursion behind the sound proofed walls of the recording studio. At the end of last year, the band released a three-track cassette called “Pictures on the Wall”.

Those Attractive MagnetsAlthough the tape sold well at gigs and at Rock-it Records, it didn’t lead to the all-important record contract the band were seeking.

Now, Those Attractive Magnets are to have a second try at clinching a deal. And this time they’re going into the studio with much more confidence about their material.

The two songs the band hope to record are entitled “Fading to Secret Silence” and “Venus” – both penned by the two original members Rikk Quay and Andy Baldwin.

“The ‘A’ side ‘Fading into Silence’ is a very commercial track,” said Rikk.

“It’s got a very up-tempo beat and it’s easy to dance to.

“The other track, ‘Venus’, is a slow, atmospheric number.

“We were very pleased with the last tape, but we think these songs are much more commercially viable” he adds.

The band will be making a two-track tape and later hope to have the songs out on vinyl.

Those Attractive Magnets, who describe themselves, as a futurist band playing elektro muzik, have certainly been very active since they were last featured on this page.

With a new line-up, they have played several successful gigs lately, the best of these being at the Fashion Club in Birmingham, where a crowd of 150 watched their set.

The band now consist of:
Rikk Quay, Andy Baldwin, Paul Killick and new member Garry Garry. All the members play synthesisers and the vocals are handled by Andy.

On stage, the Magnets are accompanied by E.D.W.A.R.D. – their very own drum machine. E.D.W.A.R.D. stands for electronic drum wizard and rhythm determinator!

Rikk sums up the confidence of the new look Magnets with the words “At the moment, things are going great and we’re really looking forward to going into the studio again.”

Tamworth Herald – 19/06/81
Musicbox – Is this the Magnets’ ace?
TAMWORTH futurist band Those Attractive Magnets have finished recording two new tracks at the Steve Adams studio in Birchmoor.

Tamworth futurist band Those Attractive Magnets...two great new tracks recorded at Steve Adams' studio.

Tamworth futurist band Those Attractive Magnets...two great new tracks recorded at Steve Adams' studio.

The four-piece band hope the songs “Fade into Secret Silence” and “Venus” will eventually make up their first single.

And if these tracks don’t give them the break they’re still looking for, then I don’t know what will.

Both songs were written by the musical partnership of Rikk Quay and Andy Baldwin. The other two members of the band are Paul Killick and Gary Garry.

Of the two songs, “Fade into Secret Silence” is the more commercial. It’s a strident, uptempo number which has a great dance beat.

An altogether different track, “Venus” is a slow, atmospheric number that has an almost hypnotic quality. Not as accessible as the first track but an ideal B-side to any potential single.

After listening to their latest material, I hope the Magnets clinch the recording deal which has so far eluded them Despite the critics, their music is both original and enjoyable and deserves success.

Anyway, if you want to catch up with Those Attractive Magnets, be at the Faces Nightclub in Birmingham on July 8.

For the band will be playing live at a gig dubbed the British Discotheque of the Year. There will also be an electronic disco provided by DJ Alan Gibson.

The address of Five Ways, is 34 Auchinleck Square, Five Ways, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Tamworth Herald – 24/07/81
Musicbox – Wedding Day Bands
THOSE Attractive Magnets, fresh from their success at Birmingham’s Faces night club, will be playing alongside the new-look DHSS at a gig on the Royal Wedding Day next week.

The two bands will play at The Stable next to the Tavern in the Town on Wednesday night. The gig starts at 7.30pm and admission is 50p.

The will be the first gig by the new DHSS since they recorded a three-track tape at the Steve Adams Studio a few months back.

And for the Magnets, Rikk Quay, Andy Baldwin, Paul Killick and Gary Garry, the gig is a chance to show how much they’ve improved since their last appearance in the town.

The last time the two bands played alongside each other was, in fact, at the Stable over a year ago.

And it will be the first gig for the Magnets since their Faces date. Around 300 people watched the band at the Edgbaston club.

Rikk Quay said: “The reaction from the audience was absolutely tremendous. It was our best gig ever and we’ve been re-booked by the club to appear again in September.”

Tamworth Herald – 21/08/81
Musicbox – Magnets set to do it in style!
Those Attractive Magnets' songwriting partnership Rikk Quay (left) and Andy Baldwin (right) take a breather at the Steve Adams Studio.
TALENTED Tamworth band Those Attractive Magnets are busy preparing for another prestige date in Birmingham.

For the group are due to play Edgbaston’s Faces night club next month for the second time this year.

But it will be no ordinary gig for the Magnets who recently became a trio.

They will be appearing alongside top clothes designers Khan & Belle who will be staging a fashion show featuring the bizarre designs which have made them so popular with lovers of the outrageous.

There will also be an electronic disco provided by top DJ Alan Gibson who will be playing all the latest futurist sounds.


And you could have the chance to be at the gig which is on Wednesday September 9.

For the group want to run a coach or mini-bus trip to the club from Tamworth. Admission will be free and there will be reduced transport costs.

The trip will only run if there are enough people interested. If you want to go ring Rikk on Tamworth 3507.

Meanwhile the Magnets, or at least two thirds of them have been up to Steve Adams’ Studio in Birchmoor to record backing tracks in preparation for the gig.

Rikk Quay said: “We went down very well last time we were at Faces and we’re hoping for a similar reception this time.”


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