Free Moral Agents

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Free Moral Agents
Free Moral Agents performing at Low End Theory
Free Moral Agents performing at Low End Theory
Background information
OriginLong Beach, California, USA
GenresJazz, hip hop, psychedelic, dub
Years active2003 – 2014
LabelsGold Standard Labs
Past members

Free Moral Agents were a collective of musicians brought together by Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (keyboardist from The Mars Volta) as a means to expand the sounds of what started as a solo recording project. In the spring of 2006 the band started playing shows around Long Beach and Los Angeles.

There was a time, before I put the record out, that I wasn't playing in Mars Volta anymore, and I had just bought a bunch of recording instruments. I'd always wanted to record my own record but never did, so [Free Moral Agents] really started with just me. I knew J, who was actually my girlfriend at the time's brother-in-law, who did poetry and sang and stuff, so I got together with him. This is before the vinyl. I was working at this record store and started talking to my friend Jeff Harris, who it turns out, was really good with Pro Tools, so I added him to the group. He's really a producer and doesn't really play with us live, but he's very much responsible for the sound of the record. I knew Mendee [Ichikawa] for several years, and we had worked on and off, but I knew we needed a female element to the group, so that's basically what Free Moral Agents is right there. As far as the music goes, it started as my project, but these people who I know I can trust, really bring it together.[1]

In April 2009, Owens released two live tracks for free.[2] In 2010, the group released its 2nd full-length album entitled Control This for Gold Standard Laboratories.



Studio albums

  • Everybody's Favorite Weapon (2004)
  • Momma's Gun Club Vol. 1 (2006 as download on AlphaPup) (February 27, 2007 as download on iTunes)
  • Control This formerly The Honey in the Carcass of the Lion (September 28, 2010)


  • Self Titled 7" EP - Free Moral Agents (September 9, 2008 on clear red vinyl, Broken Tape Publishing [300 copies])
  • Chaine Infinie (2014)

Live Albums

  • "Live At The Prospector" (2010)


  • The Special 12 Singles Series - Free Moral Agents (2005 as 7" vinyl, 500 copies) (October 3, 2006 as download on iTunes [Special Twelve Singles Series])
  • "North Is Red" (b/w North is Red remix by Tony Allen) 10" vinyl single - Chocolate Industries (2009)

Other Recordings

  • Looking For Lauryn Hill in Lakewood - Free Moral Agents (May 2007 as download on AlphaPup)


  1. ^ Interview: Free Moral Agents | Archived September 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "The Mars Volta's Ikey Owens releases free live tracks |". Archived from the original on 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2009-04-12.

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