Where art you now, Romeo?

PA Photo/Handout
PA Photo/Handout

The Magic Numbers’ fourth album has been finished for about a year now.

Understandably, Romeo Stodart, the man who wrote and produced most of it, is anxious for other people to finally hear it.

Some fans have heard bits of Alias already – Stodart and bass-playing sister Michele toured a few songs in a van last September, during their first-ever acoustic tour – but for most, it’ll be brand new, and perhaps the first they’ve heard of The Magic Numbers in some time.

Their previous album, The Runaway, was released in 2010, but failed to match the chart positions and impact of their first two; their self-titled 2005 debut, which sold more than 700,000 copies and was nominated for the Mercury Prize, and its follow-up, Those The Brokes, released a year later.

The writing of Alias has been happening for the past three years or so, a time of significant change, says Stodart.

Most notably, the 36-year-old frontman is now a dad.

“It’s been a real life-changer in the most positive way,” he says of his son, also called Romeo in something of a Stodart family tradition.

“He’s made my life so much more meaningful, really. I was lost before.”

A lot of Alias was written before Romeo Jr’s birth, and deals with the break-up of a long-term relationship and “darkness” that followed.

“I’ve been dealing with my own cr*p for ages,” Stodart admits.

“There’s this sort of inner turmoil, as it were. I don’t want this in any way to come across like I think I’m the only person experiencing this, or the only person that’s trying to figure out what their life means,” he adds.

“What I have noticed, in writing the album and now talking about it to friends and in interviews, is that getting all this out has been a very good thing. You just let out what’s inside when you’re writing, but afterwards you can reflect on it all. I think that’s reflected in the album’s title, too.”