by Domingo Antonio Robledo in New Music on Wednesday 29 July 2009

Edward Sharpe looks so much like the ideal Western image of a young Jesus Christ, it’s almost unsettling. Conceptually, that might be half the point, irony and all that good-looking fun as a rock star, or perhaps not. Regardless, Sharpe and his nine, yes nine, Magnetic Zero friends make one hell of a wanderlust band — and we can’t wait to see them again on their current stateside tour. In particular, we’d like to acknowledge that awesome old-school bus of theirs (though it’s probably not all that good for the environment).

It just seems like such an epic trip on that thing! Image and all, it’s like a red flag to come out LA looking this good — and yet sounding this great, too. They’ve been playing their free-spirited souls out to every crowd they meet, according to a recent chat on the road, and they’re being well received as they keep on roaming. If you’re in need of a lively act to cheer you up, don’t miss these saints when they come marching in.