Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros performed their new song, "Life Is Hard" on the Late Show with David Letterman last night. Frontman Alex Ebert fully embodied his alter-ego, Edward Sharpe, the messianic figure sent to Earth to heal us with music, coming across as part preacher and part hippie. The normally 11-piece band was even larger for this show, consisting of Ebert, frontwoman Jade Castrinos, and 17 other musicians, including a string and horn section, two drummers, and a backing chorus. Or as Letterman called it, a "wall of sound." The song is a feel-good celebration of the difficulty of life, which may sound like it doesn't make sense, but the song's anthemic sound will make you happy that life can be hard sometimes.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' new self-titled album was released on Tuesday. You can get it on iTunes.