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Sasquatch Watch: Edwarde Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

May 19, 2010

Remember back in the day of CDs when you heard an awesome song on the radio? You’d rush to Strawberries and immediately pay $15 for an album of a band you hardly knew about. That was my relationship with Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros at first. I heard “Home” on the radio and I fell in love. Aside from the Allman Brother’s “Blue sky” I think it’s the perfect metaphoric song, both lyrically and in ethos, to evoke that feeling when you’ve found someone that does make you feel like you’re home.

The band is a bit crazy. According to the wikipedia site Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes started when the  front man for Ima Robot Alex Ebert broke up with a girlfriend and started to go to a 12-step program to break his addictions. He soon developed the alias of Edwarde Sharpe, a messianic figure who was sent to earth to “heal and save mankind…but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” Kind of like a Jesus who couldn’t keep it in his pants. On the Sasquatch site the band’s description doesn’t get anymore normal either, “Birthed by Mouth in the year two-thousand and five, young Edward Sharpe had to wait nearly two years before he was to grow his arms and legs and fingers and toes. Immaculately conceived, his father (a Robot who had magically become a real boy… but that’s another story) declared his undying devotion to the creature. He perched the fleshy bust upon a teetering pedestal fashioned from stacked cereal boxes and positioned the display at his window for all the town to see. Young Edward soon proved no ordinary boy…” And it only gets weirder from there. Ok, so they’re a little eccentric, and the entire band looks like a hippy commune. But if there is anything that hippies are known for aside from free love, flowers, and granola it’s good music.

When they came to Telluride I wanted to see them solely for the above mentioned single (which sadly I never got to see them, so Sasquatch will be my redemption). But since then I’ve heard the rest of their album, and there are plenty of other great jams on there as well. Try “Janglin'” and “40 Day Dream” for starters. But what really sets this band apart is their live show (from what I hear). I hear “Edward Sharpe” has an awesome stage presence, and is backed by a full party of musicians. My favorite shows are always the ones where you can’t tell where the audience ends and the stage begins, where the energy from the show carries onto the stage and visa versa. And from what I hear Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros gives you just that.

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