Heavy Rock Collective "The Magpie" Emerges from Pandemic Ashes



In the midst of the COVID-19 upheaval, a formidable heavy rock outfit known as "The Magpie" emerged from the shadows of uncertainty. This enigmatic project is the brainchild of three accomplished musicians: Erik Sugg (of Demon Eye fame), Brian Walsby (whose impressive resume includes Double Negative, Snake Nation, and Polvo), and Mike Deloatch (a key member of Crystal Spiders).


United by their unwavering passion for the timeless genres of rock and roll, classic metal, Australian punk, the sonic landscape of the Pacific Northwest, and the mind-bending vibes of '60s psychedelia, The Magpie's inception was a testament to the power of music as a unifying force.


What sets The Magpie apart is their ability to seamlessly meld Erik's distinctive songwriting and compelling vocals, Brian's sharp wit and visual artistry, and Mike's commitment to a DIY ethos coupled with a knack for electronic wizardry. The result is a sound that inhabits a unique space, drawing inspiration from iconic influences like the Melvins, the transcendental journeys of the 13th Floor Elevators, the anarchic spirit of Black Flag, the enigmatic allure of the Birthday Party, and the subversive humor of Mad Magazine.Their sonic offerings are succinct yet potent, delivering short, rhythmic explosions of fuzz-laden energy that defy the conventions of contemporary heavy music.


The journey for The Magpie commenced in the scorching summer of 2022 when they took to the stage, captivating audiences across the North Carolina Triangle. Their performances spanned a diverse array of venues, from the underground grit of punk houses to the immersive atmosphere of art spaces, creating an electrifying presence. Notably, they shared stages with legendary heavyweights like Conan, EyeHateGod, and Freedom Hawk, further solidifying their stature in the live music circuit.


As spring unfolded in 2023, The Magpie embarked on a new chapter, entering the studio to craft their debut masterpiece. Guided by the seasoned hand of Corrosion of Conformity's Mike Dean—a former bandmate to both Brian and Erik—the band laid down tracks that would soon define their sonic identity. Their inaugural record found its home on the venerable Firelight Records label, marking a significant milestone in their quest to captivate and intrigue all who venture into their enigmatic world.


The Magpie's journey is a testament to the resilience and creativity of musicians in the face of adversity. Their sonic alchemy continues to draw in enthusiasts of '90s underground rock, stoner metal, and '80s punk, promising a captivating experience for all who are willing to immerse themselves in their dark, heavy universe.


You can check out The Magpie debut recording now digital via Bandcamp and buy or copy today!