It was not immediately clear, however, if their eponymous, messianic leader himself would appear, as his name was crossed off the bill. Meeting a few days after Easter, it seemed appropriate for Transverso to sit down with the reborn frontman in a repurposed church pew outside the basement greenroom. That was your first time performing the new material. How does it feel?
Yeah, it feels good. Most of our songs you can sort of will into form, but these songs are sort of already in their form, waiting for you to sort of inhabit them properly. I mean, it was just so bad.
I hated the way I sounded. I cant remember what happened after that, how it was I kept going, but I knew that it was terrible. You let it smart, you let it hurt, and [you] keep going. Is this character dying? I hope so, yeah. There was no character to begin with, so why not kill him?
He never really was there. If anything, and at most, Edward Sharpe was a vehicle for me get to slough off whatever I had become up until that point, and to get back to or sort of allow my pure self to come forth into sort of a clean slate. A tabula rasa, you know? So as time went on and the Edward Sharpe thing started to meld into peoples minds as a character that I was putting on and a mask that I was wearing onstage the entire sort of premise of being myself onstage and allowing my pure self to Are alex ebert and jade castrinos dating through onstage was lost on these people.
How has that affected the Edward Sharpe persona? Well the first album was a wish. The entire first album for the most part was a wish. So the whole process was, in some ways, a make believe. So I did the horn lines with my mouth or a kazoo on the demos, and I did all the background vocals layering myself, pretending that there were people there.
It was called Ima Robot and pretty unironically I ended up feeling like a robot by the end of the process because of the major label thing and all that. I noticed on Twitter you said if you had to be just one thing you'd be unrealistic. How do you reconcile realism and truth when you talk about this sort of identity? A realist or a pragmatist is really a euphemism for a pessimist, in my view, and pessimism is simply a defense against the pain of failure.
That said, I think despite how hopeful and dreamy, in my view, Are alex ebert and jade castrinos dating comparison, contextually Bernie Sanders is, these changes are incremental.
You change the laws, you follow customs, [and] slowly those customs change, but these giant sweeping changes are rare to happen. I think embarrassment is great to embrace, but not to shy away from [and] not to let it steer you away.
I damn sure hope not. At Bonnaroo you went up to a man who was standing next to me in the crowd and asked him to tell you a story.
He said that a year prior you had played for him in the hospital the day he got a lifesaving treatment, so he had come to see you again.
Right, the kid, yeah. It was the day that we went to see him he got the treatment, he went into surgery right after we saw him. Because I want to. They want to come onstage, I want to go in the crowd.
I just try to follow that sort of natural childish urge to go hang out. That one, that one.
I guess he had MS or muscular dystrophy, or something like that, and he was lifted up by his four friends probably yards away. This crowd just parted like a sea, and they walked him [up] like a coronation [for a] king or something, and we just kept looping this chorus [as] they brought him all the way onstage. We convinced [security] to let him up and then we went through the song, and his friends came onstage with him.
The whole band was crying.
I just kept singing, and later went around ate some dinner, and I got to the hotel room probably at 2 AM, and I was alone, and suddenly I just started sobbing.
I could very easily write 10 more songs with four on the floor [Mimics again] and do, you know, like a back and forth thing and a whole bunch of heys and hos. Okay, now where is there to fill in? Where are the gaps? Where can I be of service?
And that is in part what this album is about. In "Are alex ebert and jade castrinos dating" lot of ways this album does things that are missing.