In love, and in music, some things were just meant to be. I’m not even sure I believe that about love, but X Ambassadors have eliminated any doubt regarding the phrase’s relevance to music.
This team of friends and family armed with passionate vibes and ferocious talent had me at…well let’s be honest I can’t remember the word. It was the last night of CMJ. I couldn’t remember my name. I didn’t know if I would make it through the night, but I was sure that this band was legitimate force to be reckoned with.
A mere two years old as an official band, X Ambassador’s members: Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Adam Levin and Noah Feldshuh have various histories dating back to, actually, dating back to birth. Sam and Casey Harris are brothers, and I get the feeling there is nothing but love between them as Sam describes to me how his brother has been blind since birth but taught himself to play piano. With Noah hot on their tracks since grade school and Adam a close college friend, X Ambassadors is less a band than a group of highly skilled friends jamming for increasingly sizable crowds.
“It’s awesome playing music with friends and family,” Sam admits. “It’s comfortable, secure and safe. That’s why we can express so much on stage.”
Expressing on stage, and in the studio for that matter, has gotten X Ambassadors pretty far in a short amount of time. Since the release of their first record in February of 2012, the band has toured with the likes of Lights, Chicago legend Local H, Hellogoodbye and soon The Lumineers and even boasts performances at 2012′s Lollapalooza.
The band has just released a daunting new music video for their single, Unconsolable, starring HBO’s Girls‘ Zosia Mamet, which premiered on Spin and Nylon, and Harris maintains that they are all very excited about their future as a band.
“It always feels really crazy and really exciting,” Sam says. “We’ve always had the mentality of keeping our eyes on the horizon. This feels like what we’re supposed to be doing.”
See for yourself. As far as I’m concerned, Sam Harris and X Ambassadors are onto something.
Originally published December 4, 2012 on NewYorkSocialStatus.com