Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
|Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros|
Alex Ebert performing with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, on November 3, 2009.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Indie rock, indie folk, folk rock, neo-psychedelia, roots rock|
|Labels||Rough Trade Records, Community Music|
|Associated acts||Ima Robot, We Are Each Other, Sugarcult, Alexander, Fool's Gold|
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are an American band led by Alex Ebert, who is also a vocalist of the group Ima Robot. Their first show as a full band was played July 18, 2007 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. Their first full-length recording, Up from Below, was released digitally on July 7, 2009 and physically on July 14, 2009 on Community Records. Their second full-length album, Here, was released on May 29, 2012.
Ebert began work on a book about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe after breaking up with his girlfriend, joining a 12-step program for addiction, and moving into a house with his lifelong friend Nicholas Raymond Kellen. According to Ebert, Sharpe "was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind...but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love." Ebert later met singer Jade Castrinos outside a downtown Los Angeles cafe. In the summer of 2009, Ebert, Castrinos, and a group of musicians toured the country by bus as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Their first show in 2009 was at the Marfa Film Festival in Marfa, Texas. The band recorded their debut album, Up From Below, in Laurel Canyon. Produced by Aaron Older and Nico Aglietti, it was released on July 14, 2009.
On April 12, 2009, the band released "Desert Song", a music video and the first of a 12-part feature-length musical called SALVO!. Part 2, "Kisses Over Babylon", was released November 24, 2009 through Spinner.com. Part 3, "40 Day Dream", was uploaded to YouTube by the band on May 19, 2011.
Big Easy Express
In April 2011, the band joined Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show on the Railroad Revival Tour. According to American Songwriter, the tour stopped in six cities, playing alternative venues such as an Austin, Texas high school where Mumford & Sons taught the marching band how to play their hit "The Cave". The tour was also the subject of Grammy-nominated director Emmett Malloy's latest documentary Big Easy Express, which strove to capture "the pure joy of music" through Americana folk imagery. The documentary went on to win in the category for Best Long Form Music Video at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
- Alex Ebert – vocals, guitar, percussion, piano
- Jade Castrinos – vocals, guitar
- Stewart Cole – trumpet, percussion, keyboards, tenor ukulele, vocals
- Josh Collazo – drums, percussion, saxophone, vocals
- Orpheo McCord – drums, percussion, marimba, vocals
- Nora Kirkpatrick – accordion, vocals
- Christian Letts – guitar, vocals
- Seth Ford-Young – bass, vocals
- Mark Noseworthy – guitar, vocals
- Mitchell Yoshida – piano, clavinet, vocals
- Christopher "Crash" Richard – vocals, percussion
- Anna Bulbrook – viola, vocals
- Tyler James – piano, vocals
- Felix Bloxsom – drums
- Adam Privitera – whistler
- Nathaniel Markman – occasional fiddler
- Ryan Richter – guitar, lap steel
- Scott Ralston – tour manager
- Bryan Ling – manager
- Odessa Jorgensen - vocals, fiddle
- Nico Aglietti – guitar, synthesizer, keyboards, vocals
- Aaron Arntz – piano, clavinet, vocals
- Aaron Embry – keyboards, piano, vocals, harmonica
- Aaron Older – bass, vocals, banjo, percussion
- Tay Strathairn – piano, harmonica, vocals
- Michael Farfel – manager/announcer
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Up from Below||76||86|
|Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or have not been released in that region|
- Here Comes EP (2009)
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|2009||"40 Day Dream/Geez Louise"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Up From Below|
|"Memory of a Free Festival"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Chickens in Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012||"That's What's Up"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Here|
|"One Love to Another"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Man on Fire"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- "Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: C'Mon Get Happy! :: Music :: Features :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- Marta Tarbel (24 November 2009). "Dynamic, Charismatic and Determined to Set the Soul Free". Telluridewatch.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
- “”. "Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros - Desert Song". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- "Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, 'Kisses Over Babylon' - Video Premiere". Spinner. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- "Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, '40 Day Dream (extended version)". THE MASSES & Community Music. 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- Moss, Marissa (27 April 2012). "Mumford & Co. Chase The American Dream In Big Easy Express". American Songwriter. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- ""Home" chart information". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 8 February 2010 (PDF) (1041). Pandora Archive. February 8, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "australian-charts.com - Discography Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros". Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros - Home - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- LesCharts.com: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros discography
- "Up From Below chart information". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- Official website
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on Facebook
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on Myspace
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros's channel on YouTube