The band I am second-most excited to see, is certainly the most intriguing.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Where do I start? How about that Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are a bunch of neo-hippies that drive around on tour in a big white school bus? Got your attention? Yeah, I thought so. They play that kind of music that sounds like it was inspired by a few substances, just a few, to get going. While some of the music on Up From Below, their debut album, is dark, the overall feeling is one of joy and redemption. You also get some tracks filled with amazing positivity.
Sounds nice, don’t it? And they look like a fun bunch of hippies to see perform live.
But, where it gets REALLY interesting, is discovering that Alex Ebert, the lead singer, created Edward Sharpe as an alter-ego. And, not just any alter-ego, but a messiah figure “sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind…but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” Add in the fact that Ebert, in his previous band Ima Robot, also used the Edward Sharpe name when he was performing androgenous glam-rock, and we’ve got an interesting back story beginning to unfold. Right before Ebert formed The Magnetic Zeros, he broke up with his girlfriend and checked into rehab. So, druggie glam-rocker becomes hippie messiah figure of travelling troupe. Yes, I really want to see them play.
What’s more, is that Ebert hasn’t just created a back story, but he’s turning it into a 12-part feature-length video musical, called Salvo!, which is being released periodically (just 2 parts are currently released). It’s like Jesus Christ Superstar meets acid.
Salvo! Part One: “Desert Song”
Salvo! Part Two: “Kisses Over Babylon”