Line-up: Doni Blair - Bass, Brandon Landelius - Guitar, Tyson Taylor (Drums)
Album Line-up: Doni Blair - Bass, Brandon Landelius - Guitar, Bill Stevenson (Drums)
Hometown: Amarillo, TX
Story: THE MAG SEVEN are, in the Texas manner of speaking, “instrumentalists for hire”, musical gun slingers, playing everything from Punk-Surf and Spaghetti Western themes to Jazz. Their influences range from Black Flag and the Descendents to John Coltrane and Ennio Marricone, The Ventures, and Stravinsky. Together, they are a musical tour-de-force, an excellent instrumental ensemble capable of mastering any style.
The band’s origins reach back to 1998, in Dallas, with bassist Donivan Blair (Hagfish, Only Crime, Toadies), guitarist Dan Phillips (True Widow, Slowride) and Scott Brayfield (Slowride) on drums. The original line-up recorded two full length CDs; Eighth Round Knock Out and Use Your Powers For Good, Not Evil.
After a few years together the band went through a change with Phillip’s departure, pursuing other opportunities. The eager and willing guitarist, Brandon Landelius, entered the trio. Blair, Brayfield and Landelius played shows regionally and wrote new material until, unfortunately, Brandon relocated to Fayetteville, Arkansas. During the downtime that came with the loss of another member, Blair kept moving forward musically, playing as part of the groups Armstrong and Only Crime. In late 2005, the decision was made to put THE MAG SEVEN back together, and after enlisting the help of his Only Crime band mates, Bill Stevenson and Zach Blair, the band released their first album for End Sounds, The Future Is Ours If You Can ...