Home By Hovercraft is a theatrically and classically influenced rock band led by Seth Magill (vocals/ tuba/lyrics) and Shawn Magill (piano/ vocals/ xylophone). Rounded out by Seth’s sister Abbey Magill (step dance), Max Hartman (drums, also lead singer for Mur), Johnny Sequenzia (mandolin/ harmonica), and guest artist Becki Howard (violin, also of Sarah Jaffe, Bethan, The Crash That Took Me) they’ve been compared to indie bands with a classical/ folk twist like Beirut, The Dresden Dolls, The National, and Tilly And The Wall.
Their music has been described as:
“Classically informed yet pop in translation” - Audra Schroeder, Dallas Observer
“Their wall of sound will envelop you with lush color and swirling fragrance with a beat that will enlist you in its bouncing anthem stomp.” - David Novinski, Theater Jones
“This is anthemic music at its best. You will sing. You will dance. You will have a better day after listening to Home By Hovercraft.” John Cope, The Majestic Show
Their debut LP, Are We Chameleons?, craftily engineered by Paul Williams and mastered by James Driscoll, features original songs for On The Eve, a new rock musical earning rave reviews for its recent world premiere. On The Eve was so successful they will be performing in the world professional premiere production at Theatre Three in Dallas from January 16th to February 9th of 2014.
Their live shows wow fans with “music that lends itself to thematic adventure, nap sacked with philosophy.” [Jamie Laughlin, Dallas Observer] The band’s live performances in the musical received critical acclaim and their performances at the Lamar Street Festival, Pecan Street Festival, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Perot Museum, Klyde Warren Park, Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase, AT&T Perfoming Arts Center Patio Sessions and Art Conspiracy Seed Event have continued to turn heads.
Home By Hovercraft has shared stages with Erykah Badu, Hey Marseilles, Typhoon, You Me & Apollo, Quiet Company, The Features, Marcy Playground, Air Review, The Greencards, The Relatives, Suzzana Schoefel, Dan Dyer, Gaelic Storm, The Killdares, The O’s, Daniel Hart, Gallery Cat, John Singer Sergeant, Datahowler, Bethan, Fox and The Bird, Paul Slavens and others. They've toured regionally in Tulsa, Austin, and Houston and recently completed a show run through the west coast visting Tuscon, Los Angeles, San Francisco & Las Vegas.