Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes put on quit a show tonight at the SB bowl, playing a 90 minute set showcasing many of their new songs from the album coming out at the end of the month along with a good amount of songs from Up From Below. They put on quite a good show musically having expanded to a 12 person live band all helmed by who I believe to be one of the greatest front men in music today, Alex Ebert, who builds such a connection with the band its hard to understand considering you'd probably walk the other way if you saw him come up to you on the street. He held hands with people, danced, laughed & pointed, and at one point just completely gave my brother his microphone to sing the intro "mmm bop mmm bop mmm bompabababa" of Janglia. And I think Alex was the one more excited in that moment then my brother was, if you can imagine. The lack of a barrier between the crowd and stage was a tremendous plus to this show and imagine it was per the bands request.
Their new material is much more orchestral and psychedelically roaming then their previous folk driven efforts and I was seriously enjoying it all immensely, though I had hoped the album would have leaked before the show. This preview of say 8-10 new songs with this new feel carried even more weight when Alex mentioned it would be a double album. I'm seriously excited for this album and expect a large wealth of music, especially with them having been in support of Up From Below for WAY too long, and that comes from someone that really likes that record and them.
Already looking forward to seeing them again once I'm familiar with their new stuff!