2013 has seen Maglia Rosa Group in live session for BBC Introducing, being shortlisted for Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Contest 2013 (by “Just Music That I Like”), and receiving heartwarming reviews from across the blogosphere.
Rewinding to 2010, sibling songwriters Daisy Lawrence (vocals, flute, organ, guitar) and Sam Lawrence (guitar, synth) set about forming a band. Bringing extensive touring and festival experience to the line-up, drummer Owen Cox (ex-Elle s’appelle) joined later that year, with Matthew Gadd completing the line up on bass.
A series of early gigs and recordings quickly resulted in the band moving toward a more involved sound. Whilst retaining their original melodic sensibility, a desire to incorporate some obscure influences has resulted in a sound which allows atmospheric tensions to play out beneath a pop veneer.
Showing a progression towards a more electronically involved aesthetic, December 2012 saw the release of the band’s debut EP - ‘Nighthawks’. Here, analogue synths gurgle and hiss between arpeggiated guitars, whilst subtle bass lines and dark resonant kick drums dialogue with singer Daisy’s introspective vocal delivery. Dwelling on themes of love, longing and loss, Daisy and brother Sam’s lyrics also flirt with the abstract and surreal.