Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros: Back ‘home’ in Buffalo
blog by Steve Wilger • June 12, 2013 @ 2:09pm
After a legendary Buffalo performance in Lafayette Square back in 2011, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros will return to the city as the second headliner in Buffalo Place’s Thursday at Canalside series this week.
The much-loved folk-rock troupe is led by Ima Robot vocalist Alex Ebert and got its start in 2007 when the band made its live debut at the famous Troubadour in West Hollywood. The band, boasting a 10-member roster, went on to release their first album, Up from Below in 2009, which featured the single “Home.” That track reached no. 18 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in 2010 and has over 14 million views on YouTube.
AllMusic’s James Christopher Monger described the band as “embrac(ing) ‘the Summer of Love’ with enough period beards, fonts and Eastern mysticism to launch a thousand ‘Magical Mystery Tours,’ but despite all of the analog equipment and peacenik grandstanding, standout tracks like ‘Home,’ ‘Desert Song,’ and the aforementioned ‘40 Day Dream’ sweep you up in their grandeur like a patchouli tornado and dare you to take your clothes off and jump in the lake with them.”
Throughout the following years—and in the midst of world tours—the group released their acclaimed sophomore album, Here, which garnered a number five spot on the Billboard 200 chart and a number seven ranking in Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2012.
This summer, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros will release their third record, a self-titled album slated for a July 23 release in North America.
“We went into the studio a couple years ago, so we have a lot. We recorded 45 songs or something, since we’ve been on the road so much,” guitarist and vocalist Christian Letts said in an interview with The Daily Princetonian. “Sonically, it’s a huge album. It’s more like the first album, maybe even a bigger sound than the first album. I’m really excited for it to be out.”
Brooklyn solo act, St. Lucia will open the show. Check out Kat Przybyla’s Buffalo.com interview with Jean-Phillip Grobler, the driving force behind St. Lucia, now.
For more information about Thursday’s concert, visit the Thursday at Canalside webpage.