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Magna-Fi

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Magna-Fi came together in Las Vegas NV in the year 2000. Founding members and brothers Mike and C.J. Szuter, both guitarists and vocalists, had played together since they were 10 an 11 years old. Growing up in a small town in Ohio, they played anywhere and everywhere in the Midwest, got close to a couple of record deals, but ultimately decided to move out West to be closer to LA (and more record deals). They chose Las Vegas so they wouldn’t have to actually live in LA (if you’ve ever spent some time in the San Fernando Valley and Las Vegas you’ll know why).

Raised on the music of Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest, they weren’t really sure what kind of music they wanted to make, except that it had to be LOUD and something you’d remember when the show or disc was over. As music changed, they assimilated all of the stuff they came across, bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains and some other indie bands like Failure and Chavez, all loud and memorable.
They picked up the other half of the band in Las Vegas. Drummer Charlie Smaldino was recommended by Robbie Allen, Mike’s practically brother in law, as he had tried out for Robbie’s band, and although not the right fit for them (the 90’s act Candlebox), he was definitely the drummer for Magna-Fi. Loud and aggressive, and a veritable pit bull when it comes to accomplishing things, he drives the band musically as well as in all other aspects of getting the job done. Bassist and vocalist Rob Kley had played off and on with Charlie in Las Vegas. Being in bands his whole life, he showed the same type of drive and love for music as the rest of the guys and was a no brainer to complete the lineup.

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  • Krolms

    Nice band!

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • sbs_will

    Most people know this band from the Nascar arcade game

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • deathgz00

    i know them from the all hail shadow song, and i like it, but they're far from metal, they're hard rock.

    8 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Shadow148

    Such a shame they've disbanded. They were great.

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Hookjosh

    This band is really good, especially when compared to some of the popular shit nowadays. Too bad no one knows about them.

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Rangerjosh88

    Their version of All Hail Shadow is better than Crush 40's!

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • dzgnjohnson

    I love this staff!

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Liubik

    http://cdbaby.com/cd/magnafi

    16 May 2009 Reply
  • MadMalakian

    Where can I find their albums? :\

    12 May 2009 Reply
  • Liubik

    Please tag Magna-Fi like " Alternative Metal "

    22 Aug 2008 Reply
  • psynumb

    where did we go wrong? is a good song..& they have a number of good songs too like this life & drawn in it..I think people should give bands and artists a good listen before judging..

    12 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Mon_Goose

    You guys are the first band I actually liked, and VerseChorusKillMe is an awesome album! But I can't find your music by browsing tags :( And I reeeealy want to hear Pretty F*ing Ironic, which isn't for sale on any music site or on your Myspace.

    6 Dec 2007 Reply
  • katarokkar

    i think it's great that they have a song called, Where Did We Go Wrong? Ummm lets see guys...uhh...you sucked!

    27 Apr 2007 Reply

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