Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
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Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos performing at Bonnaroo on June 16, 2013
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Indie folk, indie rock, folk rock, gospel, roots rock, neo-psychedelia
Years active 2007–present
Labels Rough Trade Records, Communion
Associated acts Ima Robot, We Are Each Other, Sugarcult, Alexander, Fool's Gold
Website edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.com
Members Alex Ebert
Stewart Cole
Josh Collazo
Orpheo McCord
Christian Letts
Seth Ford-Young
Mark Noseworthy
Christopher Richard
Mitchell Yoshida
Nico Aglietti
Past members Jade Castrinos
Michael Farfel
Nora Kirkpatrick
Aaron Older
Tay Strathairn

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is an American indie folk band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2007. Led by lead vocalist Alex Ebert, the group features a revolving lineup of up to 12 people. The band's name is based on a story Ebert wrote about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe. Drawing from roots rock, folk, gospel, and psychedelic music, the band's image and sound evoke the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The group's first show was played July 18, 2007 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. Their first studio album, Up from Below, was released on July 7, 2009 on Community Records and featured the popular single "Home". Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released their second full-length album, Here, on May 29, 2012. Their third album, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, was released on July 23, 2013.


Origin and first studio album[edit]

In 2002, in the midst of a year of sleeplessness, and novel-writing, Alex Ebert created two things: A distracted, deformed, and hopelessly romantic messianic character named Edward Sharpe, and a new kind of mathematics called Magnetic Zeros. The novel was never completed and the math's application is yet-to-be determined, but Ebert liked the sound of those two inventions combined, and a band who's members were yet to be met was born. (Note: "Edward Sharpe" is not an alter ego of Ebert's, but rather "a vehicle that delivered me back to myself").

Several years later, disillusioned with just about every aspect of his life, Ebert dropped nearly everything- his relationship, his home, his phone, and even Alcoholics Anonymous, and embarked on the journey of self discovery and liberation that gave birth to the material that would be the first Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros album, Up From Below. Inspired primarily by the simple, rag-tag, jangly sing-a-longs at his elementary school, Ebert wrote songs designed for a large group to have a childish, unprofessional, and irreverent feel.

With (at the time) odd instrumentation, the songs required upwards of ten musicians to play, and it was during the recording process that the band truly formed. It would be a member-less band no longer.

Ebert's "partner-in-liberation" during his time of transformation, singer Jade Castrinos, helped co-pen the song "Home", and in it the band had a platinum-selling song.

In the time since, the band has released three albums and toured much of the world, but in the process something else happened: "we went from social experiment to accidentally becoming a great band", Ebert says. Indeed, they became known for the power of their live shows.

In light of this revelation, the band feels a new purpose: "to write music especially designed to perform live, and to become the very best band we can possibly be."

They now anticipate releasing their 4th album, recorded almost entirely in one room, in 2016.

The group performing at Lollapalooza Chile in 2011

On April 12, 2009, the band released "Desert Song", a music video and the first of a 12-part feature-length musical called SALVO!.[1] Part 2, "Kisses Over Babylon", was released November 24, 2009 through Spinner.com.[2] Part 3, "40 Day Dream", was uploaded to YouTube by the band on May 19, 2011.[3]

Big Easy Express and second studio album[edit]

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.[4] The documentary went on to win in the category for Best Long Form Music Video at the 2013 Grammy Awards. In 2011, Railroad Revival Tour bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show together closed their shows at every stop with "This Train".

The group's second album, Here, was released on May 29, 2012.

Third studio album[edit]

The band's third studio and self-titled album, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, was released in 2013. This was followed by tours of North America, UK, Europe, and Australia which included headlining concert dates as well as major festivals.[5]


Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos made up the singing core of the band for years
  • Alex Ebert – vocals, guitar, percussion, piano
  • Stewart Cole – trumpet, percussion, keyboards, tenor ukulele, vocals
  • Josh Collazo – drums, percussion, saxophone, vocals
  • Orpheo McCord – drums, percussion, marimba, didgeridoo, vocals
  • Christian Letts – guitar, vocals, mandolin
  • Seth Ford-Young – bass, vocals
  • Mark Noseworthy – guitar, vocals, banjo, mandolin, charango, ronroco
  • Christopher "Crash" Richard – vocals, percussion

As of marketing on the band's Facebook page in 2013[6]:

  • Mitchell Yoshida – piano, clavinet, vocals

Additional, touring and/or recording personnel[edit]

As listed in the iTunes LP for the most recent album, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, 2013, or present tour:

  • Nico Aglietti – guitar and co-producer; previously synthesizer, keyboards, vocals, and a main band member
  • Aaron Arntz – piano; previously also clavinet, vocals as a main band member
  • Aaron Embry – piano, organs; previously keyboards, piano, vocals, harmonica as a main band member
  • Roger Joseph Manning Jr – piano
  • Nathaniel Markman – fiddler
  • Fred Bows – violin
  • Susie Bows – violin
  • Hippos August – humming, moaning, Surbahar
  • Joy Cantor – public relations
  • Ryan Messick – tour manager
  • Bryan Ling – manager

Former personnel[edit]

In addition to Aglietti, Arntz and Embry:

  • Aaron Older – bass, vocals, banjo, percussion
  • Tay Strathairn – piano, harmonica, vocals
  • Jade Castrinos – vocals, guitar, percussion, keyboard
  • Nora Kirkpatrick – accordion, keyboard, vocals

Past touring/ additional personnel[edit]

  • Odessa Jorgensen – fiddle, vocals during 2012-2013 tour
  • Anna Bulbrook – viola, vocals
  • Tyler James – piano, vocals
  • Felix Bloxsom – drums
  • Adam Privitera – whistler
  • Ryan Richter – guitar, lap steel
  • Michael Farfel – manager/announcer


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Up from Below 76 86
Here 5 37
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 14 24
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or have not been released in that region



Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)


2009 "40 Day Dream/Geez Louise" Up from Below
2010 "Home" 40 45 7 27 46 52 50 18
"Memory of a Free Festival"
"Chickens in Love"
2012 "That's What's Up" Here
"One Love to Another"
"Man on Fire"
2013 "Better Days" Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
"Life Is Hard"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ “”. "Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros - Desert Song". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ "Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, 'Kisses Over Babylon' - Video Premiere". Spinner. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, '40 Day Dream (extended version)". THE MASSES & Community Music. 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  4. ^ Moss, Marissa (27 April 2012). "Mumford & Co. Chase The American Dream In Big Easy Express". American Songwriter. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Official Website "[1]" May 10, 2014
  6. ^ Omslagfoto's. Facebook. Retrieved on 2013-08-08.
  7. ^ ""Home" chart information". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  8. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 8 February 2010" (PDF) (1041). Pandora Archive. February 8, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "australian-charts.com - Discography Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros". Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c "Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros - Home - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ Discographie Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. lescharts.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-22.
  13. ^ "Chart log uk: new entries update". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  14. ^ "Up From Below chart information". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 

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