The Magic Numbers hailed their arrival with a self-titled, Mercury-nominated debut in 2005. The album reached the top 10 and went double platinum, quickly making the band, who are formed of two brother-sister combos, a household name. On The Magic Numbers, Romeo Stodart took the main song-writing and composition duties and Uncut were led to say that the band “understand, like The Beach Boys before them, that the best way to soundtrack a broken heart is to drench it in sunny three-part harmonies”. Other reviews of the record called it “cheery, zippy exuberance that is rare these days” (Entertainment Weekly) and “entirely contrary to conventional CD construction and all the more appealing for being so” (LA Times), while NME said the album “gives up its delights slowly and not without a wry smirk along the way”. Popmatters’ reviewer wrote “I am tempted to describe The Magic Numbers as the new Coldplay because they have in spades what originally made Coldplay so wonderful; that is, a complete lack of affectation and waves of translucent, warm vulnerability, along with hushed vocal lines that sink into your brain like hot ball bearings”.

Romeo Stodart (lead guitar and vocals) is joined by his sister Michele (bass, vocals, keyboard) and Angela (medodica, percussion, glockenspiel, vocals) and Sean (drums) Gannon. Released in 2006, album Those the Brokes saw them praised for “developing their expression while staying faithful to their core sound, and quiet charm”, and URB said “Magic Numbers have pushed their abilities while keeping their strong points on performance and substance”. The Runaway (2010) and Alias (2014) have continued to please old and win over new fans. Of the band’s style, Romeo Stodart says “From the very beginning, I wanted us to be one of those bands that I fell in love with growing up. A band that you can believe in, where the look, the sound, the songs all add up to something, and when you put on the headphones you can go somewhere and escape. We don’t want to chase a scene, we just do what we do, and stay kind of true”.