KCRW DJ Liza Richardson, center, was host of a concert performance by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The newly expanded band comprises, from left, Josh Collazo, Stewart Cole, Aaron Arnz, Seth Ford Young, Mark Noseworthy, Richardson, Alex Ebert, Orpheo McCord and Christian Letts. Front row, Jade Castrinos and Nora Kirkpatrick. (Photo: Jeremiah Garcia)
The freshly expanded Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros did something Thursday they have never done: Perform their upcoming Community Records/Vagrant album Here start to finish.
The 11-piece ensemble premiered the new songs, release date is May 29, in a performance at Bob Clearmountain's studio in West Los Angeles. Santa Monica, Calif., public radio station KCRW presented the show, which they will broadcast on the album's release date and stream video footage at kcrw.com.
"We figured out how to do this three minutes ago," group leader Alex Ebert said as the band took the packed stage at the Berkeley Street Studio.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform their upcoming album Here from start to finish at the Berkeley Street Studio in West Los Angeles. (Photo: Jeremiah Garcia)
The band played the album's nine songs and a track that is in limbo, "If You Wanna." Ebert, interviewed by KCRW DJ and music supervisor Liza Richardson, said the band recorded so many songs they have a companion album almost ready to go, though they are unsure how or when that album will be released.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, featured in the concert film "Big Easy Express" that was a hit at SXSW, spent three years touring on their first album, which led to a stockpile of songs. With more band members contributing as writers and vocalists, they spent five months recording in Ojai, Calif., near Santa Barbara making the record.
"The first album was made in sections," Ebert noted. "This one was made all at once."
ESMZ frontman Alex Ebert laughs during the band's performance of upcoming album Here. (Photo: Jeremiah Garcia)
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros start their U.S. summer tour the first week of May, nearly a month before the album's release. With the band heading out early, it meant taking advantage of promotional opportunities while the group was still at home in Los Angeles.
New Community Management's Bryan Ling, who manages the band, and Blaine Kaplan, who joined the New Community team a month ago, were on hand at the Berkeley Street Studios along with Jon Cohen and Dan Gill from Vagrant. Among the KCRW DJs in the audience were music director Jason Bentley, Jason Kramer, Raul Campos and Valida Carroll.