Blood Moon and The Eight

Majic Bullets

A double album of Progressive Rock compositions and adventures with flexible form, structured choruses, melodic variation, and free improvisation.

The journey of the Majic Bullets began in the late spring of 1994. With a handful of original song ideas and a love of classic rock music, Kirk Rapport (Guitars), Justin Kovalcek (Bass) and Shannon Mulready (Drums) turned what began as a jam session into a hardworking music outfit. Within two months they booked their first gig at Scarlett O’Hara’s on Pratt St, in Hartford, CT. When they arrived at their second gig a few weeks later the Bar Manager had misspelled their name to read Majic with a J. They thought it was perfect and decided to keep it that way.

From 1994 through 2001 the Majic Bullets performed often throughout New England. It was difficult to practice since Kirk was studying music at Berklee School of Music in Boston, Shannon was working and going to college in Connecticut and Justin was working full time in Connecticut, but despite these challenges the band endured. In March of 1995 the Majic Bullets recorded their first CD consisting of ten original songs entitled Good Enough for Government Work at Flight Path Productions with engineer Carl Monty and mastered by Jim Chapdelaine. The CD received modest radio airplay on 105.9 WHCN and 104.1 (now WMRQ) in 1995 & 1996.

In 2000 the Majic Bullets recorded the album Fuzzy Doctor Five at The Coffeehouse in Middletown, CT with engineer and producer Mike Arafeh. The album broke new ground for the band by incorporating folk and jazz elements into their classic rock sound. From 2002 through 2009 Kirk, Shannon & Justin played with a number of different acts independent of each other with the desire to expand their musical horizons.

On New Years Day 2010 the Majic Bullets reunited. Although rock music still remained the foundation of their sound, jazz, fusion and other genres were further incorporated into their new style. After a few weeks they began writing new songs together. In March of 2011 they played their first show in over 8 years together at Sully’s Pub in Hartford, CT. In June of 2011 they began recording A Horse Named Juan which they engineered and produced themselves. A Horse Named Juan was released in July 2012 and is available on ITunes and cdbaby.com and was broadcast on 104.1 WMRQ in 2012.

In 2013 Majic Bullets returned to play several live performances in CT with new material. In late autumn 2013 the band began recording a number of new songs that are parts rock, funk, jazz, folk and classical. The result of the recordings is a 10 song full length LP entitled Blood Moon and an additional 25 minute EP entitled The Eight. Both recordings will be available in December 2015 on ITunes and cdbaby.com.

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A Horse Named Juan

Majic Bullets

Unyielding and exceptional rock.

A Horse Named Juan is the 3rd album from Majic Bullets. Kirk Rapport (Electric Guitars/Vocals) , Justin Kovalcek (Bass/Vocals/Percussion) & Shannon Mulready (Drums/Vocals/Keyboards/Recorders/Acoustics) collaborated on all of the 10 songs, recording and producing the album themselves. The album's 10 songs are powerful, raw and unapologetic. The songs are borne out of the desire to challenge the conventions of popular music.

Biography: Kirk & Shannon started playing music together in April of 1991 while they both attended Conard High School in West Hartford, CT. Kirk had been playing with his classmate and bassist Brian Mortenson for a year or two by that time and when Shannon joined them they became a band, sometimes referring to themselves as The Barefoot Band. They played mostly classic rock covers.

Justin, also a Conard High School student, had been playing guitar for a number of years by that point; frequently playing with friends and acquaintances in and around West Hartford including his uncles who had been playing in rock bands locally for years.

After Kirk & Brian graduated High School in June of 1991 The Barefoot Band continued to rehearse, jam and began to compose songs in between college and work commitments. Meanwhile Justin honed his guitar skills in between work commitments as well . In February of 1992 The Barefoot Band played its first professional show at Dean Jr. College. Up until that point they had largely played instrumental music but with the need for a singer for the gig Kirk sang Purple Haze and Too Rolling Stoned and Shannon sang What Is and What Should Never Be, while Kirk’s two roommates sang two other songs with the band that evening.

Over the next two years The Barefoot Band would compose and record demos of their original songs with Kirk & Shannon splitting the Vocal duties. Another gig was booked at Dean in May 1993 but Brian couldn’t attend and another bass player stood in. In February of 1994 Brian left the Band amicably.

In May of 1994 Justin expressed an interest to Kirk in joining the Band as the bassist. Kirk, Shannon & Justin met and played acoustics for a few hours and agreed to try an electric jam. In June of 1994 the three jammed at Shannon’s parent’s house and were thrilled with the sound. Within a week they were practicing in the band room on the second floor of Tom’s Automotive (Justin’s uncle’s business) on Flatbush Ave. in West Hartford. The band practiced four nights a week from June through August learning classic rock covers and working on original material. In July, Justin booked their first gig as an opening Act for Open Arms (an SRV cover band) at Scarlett O’Hara’s on Pratt St, in Hartford, CT. The gig was held on July 27, 1994 and they were billed as Suspension of Disbelief. By the time they arrived at the gig they had already decided on the name Magic Bullets which they came across in a book of medical terms. At their second gig on August 4, 1994 (also at Scarlett O’Hara’s) the Bar Manager had misspelled their name to read Majic with a J. They thought it was perfect and decided to keep it that way.

From 1994 through 1997 the Majic Bullets played many live gigs in New England (mostly in the Hartford area). It was difficult to practice since Kirk was studying music at Berklee in Boston, Shannon was working and going to college and Justin was working full time. Many of the gigs consisted of long extended solo sections with new covers and new originals often added at the last minute without proper rehearsals. In March of 1995 the Majic Bullets recorded their first CD consisting of ten original songs entitled Good Enough for Government Work at Flight Path Productions in Granby, CT with engineer Carl Monty (later mastered by Jim Chapdelaine). The entire album was recorded and mixed in twenty hours for $800.

In August of 1997 Shannon moved to Colorado and the Majic Bullets wouldn’t play together again until the end of 1998. Shannon returned to Connecticut in July of 1998 and began jamming on guitar with Pete Russo on drums and Jerry Amenta on percussion. After a number of jams Kirk and Justin joined them and they wrote a few new songs and played a few gigs over the next two years. In 2000, Kirk, Justin, Shannon & Pete recorded the album Fuzzy Doctor Five at The Coffeehouse in Middletown, CT with engineer and producer Mike Arafeh. Again the album was recorded quickly under a limited budget. The next two years held some sporadic jams and rehearsals but not much in the way of progress. In December of 2001 Kirk, Shannon & Justin (back as a power trio) played a gig at Sully’s Pub. It would be their last for over nine years together. From 2002 through 2009 Kirk, Shannon & Justin played with a number of different acts independent of each other.

On New Years Day 2010 the Majic Bullets reunited. After a few weeks they began writing new songs together. In March of 2011 they played at Sully’s Pub. In June of 2011 they began recording A Horse Named Juan. They engineered and produced the album themselves in Justin’s basement. Finding the time to record was difficult because of work, parental responsibilities and Health Issues but in April of 2012 they finished the last track of the album and in June of 2012 they finished mixing and mastering. A Horse Named Juan was released in July 2012.

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Fuzzy Doctor Five

Majic Bullets

A fusion of rock and pyschedelic sounds just a little left of center.

Hailing from West Hartford, CT the Majic Bullets formed in the Spring of 1994. The power trio of Kirk Rapport on Guitar, Justin Kovalcek on Bass and Shannon Mulready on Drums immediately cut their teeth performing in Connecticut bars and clubs and recorded their debut album “Good Enough For Government Work” in 1995. With a core style rooted in Classic Rock, and an ever expanding conciousness of Psychadelia, Fusion & Jazz, the Majic Bullets crafted songs that were fearless and unconventional. After several years of steady gigging the Majic Bullets expanded to a quartet in 1999 adding Pete Russo on Drums & Percussion; allowing Shannon to add a 2nd Guitar and occasional Keyboards to the mix. In 2000 they recorded their 2nd studio album entitled “Fuzzy Doctor Five” and continued gigging through the end of 2001. Rejuvenated and reassembled in 2011 - watch for a new release in 2012.

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Good Enough For Government Work

Majic Bullets

Tunes that conjur up the haunted spirits of classic rock.

Hailing from West Hartford, CT the Majic Bullets formed in the Spring of 1994. The power trio of Kirk Rapport on Guitar, Justin Kovalcek on Bass and Shannon Mulready on Drums immediately cut their teeth performing in Connecticut bars and clubs and recorded their debut album “Good Enough For Government Work” in 1995. With a core style rooted in Classic Rock, and an ever expanding conciousness of Psychadelic Rock, Fusion & Jazz, the Majic Bullets crafted songs that were fearless and unconventional. After several years of steady gigging the Majic Bullets expanded to a quartet in 1999 adding Pete Russo on Drums & Percussion allowing Shannon to add a 2nd Guitar and occasional Keyboards to the mix. In 2000 they recorded their 2nd studio album entitled “Fuzzy Doctor Five” and continued gigging through the end of 2001. Rejuvenated and reassembled in 2011 - watch for a new release in 2012.

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