LIVE REVIEW: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros + Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Jannus Live 10.01.12
All photos by Kelley Jackson // LucyPearlPhoto ©
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah took the stage with what seemed to be a radically different line-up. Both Robbie and Tyler exited the band, in the last year, but unless the remaining members dropped weight, grew a few inches, or both the band was completely different save frontman Alec Ounsworth who looked like he was ready to work the rail line after the show. They lacked the same friendly and energetic presence they once had but were able to recreate the CYHSY sound successfully.
They played an odd mix of songs that spanned their career, sprinkling in only a few of their singles. Highlights included the opener, “Satan Said Dance” and the crowd pleasing “The Skin of my Yellow Country Teeth.” A buddy that went to the show with me is a huge fan of their latest release, Hysterical, proclaimed, “That setlist fucked me in the ass!” They omitted some central tracks like “Same Mistake,” “Maniac, and “Hysterical” as they did with the selections from the previous albums.
All evening the skies quietly brooded beneath a mostly full moon. As Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes approached showtime the first squall lines rolled off the Gulf and drenched Jannus Live. Some fans moved to the shelter of the balconies and awnings, one lone umbrella sprung up in the crowd, but most people wouldn’t let the rain dampen the party. The assortment of indies, hippies, and indie hippies embraced the downpour.
The rain added to the vibe as the band took the stage and opened with “40 Day Dream.” The Magnetic Zeroes were tight and spirited. The band sounded terrific supporting two of the cooler voices in popular music in Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos. The band pushed through to the 11pm curfew building up to the finale, their most widely known track, “Home,” which took on new meaning for Treasure Island (of all places) native, Jade.
The band let the audience fill the banter portion of the song with their own stories, which turned out to be a cool moment and not nearly as obnoxious as it could have been. And with that, the Zeroes left the stage and a moistened crowd exited as well.
Have a look at Kelley Jackson’s photos from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ set below and see pictures from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s support set here.