One of the best moments that came out of this year’s Bonnaroo happened during the set of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. As the band was playing their best known song, Home, Alex Ebert, band leader and the real-life alter-ego of Edward Sharpe, started to take stories from the audience. One of the audience members who stepped up was a boy named Haden who a year ago received a life-saving transplant for cancer. The day he was receiving the transplant, he was visited by the band at the hospital as they were passing through town, A year later, all fully recovered, Haden got to share his story and personally thank the band in front of the Bonnaroo crowd. You can watch the whole video of this amazing story here.
This wonderful moment that happened at Bonnaroo is reflective of the type of music that Edward Sharpe creates through the two records they have released. The music they play is inspiring. It is communal and it invokes love. The ten-plus members of the band share such a common bond with each other that it’s infectious. This bond is willingly extended to the audience such that if anyone embraces it, they can easily feel the warmth and love within the songs.
With their newest self-titled record, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros doesn’t deviate from their well-worn, well-loved formula. Yes, the songs are duskier, but the songs, as led by Ebert and female counterpart Jade Castrinos, still capture the emotions and desires of most of us – a yearning for love and community, filtered through the rosy haze of the past. When the band has their formula down, why bother to change with something this heart-felt?
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros will be in St Louis as one of the bands playing at Loufest on Sept 7 & 8 (tickets here)
Watch the nostalgia-filled video for first single Better Days embedded below.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros comes out 7/23 via Community Music (order here)