A Wayward Word's Worth

June 4, 2010

From Heroin To Harmonies

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 3:56 am

Edward Sharpe frontman Alex Ebert takes lessons learned and applies them to musical therapy
Published May 27, 2010  by Kyle Mullin in Music Feature for SEE Magazine

The crowd bobbed like a stormy sea, more than eager to swallow anyone onstage whole. The L.A. bred hippie-indie troupe Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros had never played Coachella before this spring, or any other gig remotely as big, and front man Alex Ebert’s usual zealous zen was quickly fading in favour of pure panic. So he tried to stave off that stage fright by striking a faux rock star pose, tossing his mic into the crowd — only to accidently knock its stand into the camera pit, where it struck a reporter in the forehead, cutting him deeply.

But there was more than blood stashed away in that gash. What gushed forth was really an opportunity. Ebert peeled off his shirt and wrapped it around the stranger’s battered head as if all his clothes were tailored to be a big bandage, before the band gingerly launched into the holistically healing feel good harmonies of tunes such as “Home.”




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