We met with Alex, Jade and the rest of the gang outside their hotel in La Condesa, Mexico. What we thought would be a good day, it was sunny, people were out and about and we had just heard them play a gig the day before, turned out to be unforgettable!
We were received by 12 smiling faces that apparently had not had enough of Mexico and were eager to set off. It amazed us, from the very first interaction, how different each band member was yet how much in unison they seemed. Alex was dressed exactly how he was the night before during the concert; no shirt, some old ripped up jeans, and a pair of the hotels slippers. Others were dressed more formally and some wore more “normal” outfits, each depicting their entirely different personality from the others, and standing out on their own. Jade on the other hand wanted to exchange dresses in the middle of the street with one of our contributors the minute she saw her. We were glad to hear what a good time they were having in Mexico and how awesome the people from onc1e1 (www.onc1e1.com) had been to them. The band had just come from the Saturday market and Alex was honorably displaying his new coconut shaped-thunder sounding Mexican instrument, when we set off to find a good place for the sessions.
I know you have probably read or maybe if you are lucky enough perceived Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros‘ energy. Well let me tell you, anything you have read comes short due to the lack of vocabulary in any language. Their energy and outlook of life is memorizing, they transmit happiness to anyone who sets foot in their path, forget anger management groups and go spend an hour with these guys. The source comes from Alex and Jade’s relationship, it seems as though Alex is the father figure and is enthralled at anything Jade say’s or does; and Jade is enthralled at almost anything, passing dogs, a wave from a passing stranger, fountains…
When we finally arrived at Parque Mexico and were met with people taking karate classes, skateboarding, and just hanging out, all it took from Alex was a simple “LOVE THE WORLD” to convince Jade it was THE spot. Everything we had just lived and were astonished about was a flyspeck to what we witnessed when they sat down and began playing. Everyone who saw, or heard them and came closer felt completely connected to them, as they knew them for years. Some people, like me, were just completely taken back, not registering what was going on until the 3rd or 4th song. They will not play a song unless they are not all “feeling it” in their words, and trust me, when they all “feel it” and start playing you realize it’s not a charade or marketing strategy as some people say, and as corny as it sounds you WILL be swept of your feet. Their love and understating for music is astounding and transmitted to anyone around them.
Thank you Alex, Jade and the band for reminding us how powerful music is and we hope you keep talking so ecstatically about Mexico.
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