Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros are a folk-rock ensemble made up of 10 band members, lead by Alex Ebert. There are also another 6 or so people that join them from time to time! Whoa!
After a relationship breakup, a house move and a stint in a 12-step program for addiction, Ebert set to work on a story about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe. As Ebert puts it, 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 in Los Angeles and in the summer of 2009 Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros toured the country in a big white school bus.
Their debut album, Up From Below, has been on constant rotation on my ipod for the past week in preparation for seeing them at Coachella next weekend. Recording Up from Below took these guys more than a year and a half, during which time they scrapped their sessions and started over with only analog tape. “It’s been a serious f*cking saga,” says Ebert. “But it allowed us to develop into a family, which is really what I wanted. I really am a firm believer in utopia, otherwise I have no reason to be here.”
Check out my fave song from the album in the video below – Home.
Posted by Kristen Wehlow.