As the Brooklyn psychedelic-rockers Here We Go Magic prepare for the May release of their new album, A Different Ship, produced by longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich, they still seem a bit stunned by the serendipity of their big break. Godrich discovered the group after being dragged to their drowsy, early-afternoon set at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival by his friend, one Thom Yorke, a fact that most members of the band did not realize until after their final notes rang. “We got off the stage and Luke was like, ‘That crazy guy [dancing]…that was Thom Yorke,'” recalled bassist Jen Turner at Rolling Stone‘s Coachella Rock Room pool party. “I was like, ‘Pfft, no it wasn’t.”
Though Here We Go Magic did not perform at Coachella – opting instead for the nearby, nearly two-week Desert Daze Festival – they stopped by the Rock Room to watch Yorke and Godrich DJ the poolside bash. They still can’t speak highly enough of their new mentor, Godrich: “He’s just a great guy, and he’s as good at his job as they say. He’s that good,” enthused frontman Luke Temple.
Interview by Stacey Anderson, video by Eric Helton