Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros live

Thursday 30 January 2014Past concert

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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Prinsegracht 12 2512 GA The Hague, Netherlands

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Doors open: 19:30

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are home at Paard van Troje

It has been almost four years ago when Edward Sharpe and the Magnectic Zeros released their biggest hit to date. Thanks to a major Swedish warehouse. Singer Alex Abert met Jade Castrinos in front of a downtown Los Angeles café. The duo grew into a collective of band members with their own individual speciality.

When Alex Ebert struggled drug addiction, he wrote about his alter-ego Edward Sharpe. Ebert says: “He was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind, but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love. I don't want to put too much weight on it, because in some ways it's just a name that I came up with. But I guess if I look deeper, I do feel like I had lost my identity in general. I really didn't know what was going on or who I was anymore. Adopting another name helped me open up an avenue to get back." A good principle for the band that draws from roots rock, folk, gospel and psychedelic music. It evokes the hippie movement from the ’60 and ‘70’s.

The ten-piece band added six extra musicians for the make of their new album ‘Edward Sharpe and the Magnectic Zeros’ that was released in July.

Rolling Stone has said about the album: “Huge and more evocatively produced than previous efforts (see the Neil Diamond-meets-Otis Reding orchestral drama of "Life Is Hard"). The choral and brass arrangements are rich, the band's hands must be calloused from clapping, and the grooves lope and boogie hard. Ebert's alternately gravelly and whiny soul man exhortations goose things along, while singer Jade Castrinos again proves a crucial partner (see her stirring George Harrison-style spiritual "Remember to Remember"). At their best, they conjure a California-commune Arcade Fire.”