The story behind So Many Wizards resembles an epic movie script with its opening scene set in war-torn Iran. It begins with lead vocalist Nima Kazerouni who takes us on a musical journey starting with his debut EP entitled Tree. Its contents revealed itself to be an escape for Kazerouni, articulating the anxiety of his childhood after voyaging through Western Asia, Europe, South America, and the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica. Fast forward to present day sunny Los Angeles where so many quests for freedom have ended. Now joining him are loyal band mates Erik Felix, Geoff Geis, and Melody Carillo.
Their new full length album entitled Warm Nothing is nothing short of warm and inviting. It’s a dreamy saturated blend of pop and 50’s/60’s style rock vibes. I would go far enough to say it’s Los Angeles’ answer to east coast’s Vampire Weekend. The last time we featured So Many Wizards we were so enthralled with the emotional rawness that seemed to leap from the powerful recordings, but it’s different this time, the sound seems a bit restrained, but in a good way. The quality, content, and appeal of the band has aged like a fine wine, each track almost similar to a joy bearing sip of subtle richness and mysterious blends. My stand out tracks include I Like It Here, Best Friends, and Lose Your Mind – being my favorite (I have it on constant rotation at the moment). If you’re impressed with their recordings, you haven’t experienced anything until you’ve seen the band perform live. The energy they bring and the out of control crowds they usher in is indescribable. After experiencing them live for the first time at The Smell, I’ve decided that they are probably one of the best bands I’ve ever seen play. Don’t miss their next show.