Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros live at the Kool Haus – May 13, 2012

By Sarah Myers
Photos by Jo Boucher


This past Sunday, in support of their long-awaited second full-length record Here (available May 29), American indie-folk rock band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros swept into Toronto’s Kool Haus to start the week off right.

Front man Alex Ebert could give Johnny Depp a run for his money as he emerged on stage looking charmingly disheveled. Donning his signature Grizzly Adams beard and rocking a white off-the-shoulder long sleeve tee, Ebert kicked off the show with some flawless whistling.

The modest Kool Haus stage was almost too small to hold this decuplet as an accordion, piano, violin and various other instruments crowded the stage. The lack of space didn’t stop Ebert from moving spastically about as each note was sung with perfection creating a beautiful contrast. Hand-painted tambourines sold by supporting act Fool’s Gold could be heard intermittently, creating noise pollution that was less than desirable.

The set was buoyant as the band focused on their more jaunty tunes like “Up From Below” from their debut album of the same title and new tracks like “That’s What’s Up” while slowing it down with songs like “Mayla” which is not currently recorded. The encore was comprised of fan favourite “Home” and “Om Nashi Me” also from their debut record.

For those in attendance only familiar with the band’s singles, the set was incredible and definitely a push in the right direction in terms of promoting their new record. For older fans May 29th can’t come soon enough and their old record is no doubt in heavy rotation again as they mentally prepare themselves for the greatness that is Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.