Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Jeremiah Garcia

Last night, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performed their new album, “Here” in its entirety (plus one song they’ve never recorded) as part of KCRW’s Berkeley Street Sessions. Frontman Alex Ebert said it was a nice way to present the album, before admitting to the live audience that they “became ready to play these songs about three minutes ago”.

There was a sit in, sing-a-long, lots of smiles, handclaps and best of all something music fans rarely get a chance to experience — when the barrier between the band and the audience just disappears and they become one, enjoying each other.

Sit In! Can you spot Alex Ebert in the crowd? it's like Where's Waldo.

It’s obvious that the Zeros like it this way. Their music is all about positivity and community – I mean, they themselves are a collective of 11 musicians! Everyone sings.

In fact, our event producer mentioned that we’ve never had this many vocal mics on stage for one of these performances. Their harmonies are beautiful and frontman Ebert mentioned that singing together has been a focus for the band, even when they’re just hanging out. (I witnessed it myself as their voices burst out of the “green room” backstage before the show even started).

Alex, Jade Castrinos and guitarist Christian Letts each took a turn on lead for the first three songs (our current KCRW favorite “Man on Fire”,  the bluesy “Fiyawata”, and a ballad, “Child”), followed by the gospel “I Don’t Wanna Pray” and, my personal favorite, “All Wash Out”.

With Alex and Jade earnestly singing the line “love is something I believe in”, it was hard not to get a little choked up. These two wrote, what I believe, is one of the most iconic love songs of my generation: “Home”.

When asked about it by host Liza Richardson, Alex said that as soon as they wrote it, they instantly felt like a giant hole in music had been filled – a non-ironic, non blasé song about friendship and love. And that’s what I love about this band. They couldn’t be any more sincere. Their love for each other and their music is real and palpable when you are in the room with them and they happily share it all with us.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Jeremiah Garcia

After three years of touring behind their debut, the band settled into a studio in Ojai to record the follow-up with a few new members. They recorded it in about 6 months “all at once and all together”, with Alex saying “now we’re a band”

All of the new songs sound and feel familiar in the best kind of way. They’re so good, it seems like you’ve known them forever, although most I had never heard before.

The upbeat and playful “That’s What’s Up” and “Dear Believer” were also highlights for me. I should also mention that they had Chris Richards, the frontman of another local LA band, The Deadly Syndrome, singing back up vocals throughout the show.

This session will air on Morning Becomes Eclectic on May 29 and I’m excited for everyone to hear it. Full set list below, as well as photos from Jeremiah Garcia.

RR

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Live on KCRW Set List (recorded at Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio)

Man on Fire
Fiyawata
Child
I Don’t Wanna Pray
All Wash Out
>interview
One Love to Another
That’s What’s Up
Mayla
Dear Believer
If You Wanna (previously unrecorded)

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Jeremiah Garcia

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Jeremiah Garcia

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Jeremiah Garcia

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Jeremiah Garcia

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Jeremiah Garcia

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Jeremiah Garcia

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Jeremiah Garcia

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Jeremiah Garcia

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros + Liza Richardson by Jeremiah Garcia

Pre-show paddycake backstage by Jeremiah Garcia

 

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  • Alex

    HOW DO I LISTEN TO THIS SESSION????

    • me again

      oh, I guess I should read. May 29

  • Teresa

    Thank you KCRW for putting together such an awesome night..You guys definitely know how to do it right! Seeing Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform at Apogee's has been the best combination in concert-going for us to date!

  • http://thereprieveproject.com Gino

    Let me start by saying “Wow”. So I happened upon this blog being a fan of KCRW and intrigued to find out what kind of entries were being submitted. This review is the first I came upon. Now I have to qualify that I do indeed maintain a pretty healthy opinion on music matters yet I haven’t exercised my bombast in the blogging world:) I have two comments to share regarding this review.

  • Gino

    #1 Intrigued by your commentary, I wanted to hear what “Home” was all about. As opposed to waiting until May 29 when the performance airs, I sought them out via You Tube. Yes, though not commented as such, a very infectious tune that feels full of a soulful admiration and adoration that Jade and Alex share and communicate well with their “friends”. So thank you for inspiring that foray.

  • Gino

    #2 What stopped me in my tracks from the initial read was how you touched upon the community created by the performing artists and the audience. “A rare treat” how they became “one”. My partners and I have been building a project that really captures this essence of unity between artist and audience. We believe this to be the wave of the future in the live music experience. To accommodate this, we, as The Reprieve Project, have been assembling a collective of musicians in the effort not to be a touring “band” but rather the house musicians for a small, intimate, music-only, interactive and acoustically engineered venue:). With that being said, I, Gino Calantoni, would like to personally invite you, as well as your community, (performances are available on an invite only basis presently) to our upcoming event on April 21st. Please feel free to check our “still under construction” facebook site at facebook.com/thereprieveproject and/or email me directly at gcaliyo@msn.com for all the details.
    Thanks for your dedication to the advancement of music. Sincerely, Gino

  • http://www.tamaragracedesigns.com Tamara Grace

    I was fortunate to attend this very intimate show with my friend, John, and I agree that the show was all about love, positivity and community. The band's vibe is very infectious and when Alex sat down with us on the floor I definitely felt more connected to the band. Last night, we ran into Jade and Nico, at the Santa Barbara Bowl, for the Radiohead/Other Lives show. They could NOT have been nicer and happily posed for a couple of pictures. I can't wait to see them at the Greek next month. I'm a fan for life! Tamara

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