Review – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – 5/4/12
May 8th, 2012
Category: Edward and the Magnetic Zeros, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Greek Theater, The, Los Angeles, Written Reviews
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Greek Theatre
I have seen Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros three times before this show and each time they blew me away. The shows were full of energy and the band always seemed to get the crowd up and dancing. The 11 piece band fronted by Alex Ebert released their first album just three years ago, and their single “Home” seemed to reach everyone’s heart. With Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros sophomore album Here dropping in a few weeks, the band’s performance at the Greek Theatre was perfectly timed.
The show wasn’t sold out but the turnout at the Greek was much better than I had expected. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros took the stage around 9pm. The show started with Alex Ebert’s familiar whistling. The top of the show was incredible with the band performing a new track that (I believe) was called “4 Earl Song”. The anthem like song grabbed the crowd’s attention before the band led into the well known “40 Day Dream”, which catapulted the crowd into a frenzy.
Edward Sharpe and company then played three new tracks, “Fire Water”, “Man on Fire”, and “Slim” before jumping into the crowd pleaser song, “Janglin”. From that point on, the band began to lose the audience. They were showcasing a lot of the new tracks off Here which was to be expected. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros new tracks were great, but didn’t seem to have the same kick live as their older tracks. It might have been that the group hadn’t performed their new songs live before and needed to find their niche.
This show was def a mixed bag of nuts. It lasted around an hour and 45 min, and from what I understand was the first time that Edward Sharpe had ever used a set list. Around 10:20pm, Alex announced that he had just been informed that they only had 10 min left. The group then dove into their hit, “Home”. The crowd went wild and the lack of energy amongst them became non existent during the 8 min version of the song. Once the band had finished rocking out “Home” Alex made another announcement letting us know that their set had been extended another 15 min. This was the first time I had seen such a thing happen at the Greek Theatre, as they are usually very prompt and have a strict curfew. Having made it through their set list, the band began to discuss what they should play next. They finally decided on a new song entitled “Nothing”. I really dug the new track and the fact that Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros were winging it. The band then jammed out one last song which I have unfortunately been unable to track down the name of. Once again the group managed to captivate the crowd and created a magical moment.
In closing, I wouldn’t have minded if this show had been a bit shorter and more action packed. It started off incredibly strong, lost momentum then came back with a punch that seemed to win the crowd over and caused everyone to leave the venue happy. I would definitely see Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros again. I do however hope that they decide to stick to their roots next time around and play sans set list as it gives their shows a fun spontaneity.