EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS FACTS
Members: Alex Ebert, Jade Castrinos, Nico Aglietti, Stewart Cole, ect..
Genre: Indie Folk
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Albums: Up From Below, Here
Hits: “Home,” “40 Day Dream”
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros hit the public consciousness in late 2007, and quickly became a force on the indie folk and alt rock scene with their eclectic mix of nostalgic '60s and '70s grooves with jam band sensibility. The 11-person band combines multiple vocalists, percussion horns, guitars and synthesizers, and their musical origins draw on classic jam band icons like Parliament Funkadelic, Bob Marley and the Incredible String Band. The band is one of the most unique acts to come out of Los Angeles in quite some time, and resemble the musical communities that sprouted up during the flower power decades of the counter culture. The band has become instrumental in a renewed interest in folk rock and has bridged many genres to appeal to a wide audience.
As the former frontman of the dance rock group Ima Robot, frontman Alex Ebert's persona is remarkably different from his joyous stage persona as Edward Sharpe with the Magnetic Zeros. While some publications have described the band as "hippie-sters," the group's on-stage persona and incredible improvisations have helped them avoid labels and create their own patented style.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros toured extensively on the jam band festival scene all over the country before dropping their first EP in May 2009, Here Comes. The full-length album, Up From Below, came out only a few months later and quickly gained worldwide recognition as a trailblazing work. The album was sampled extensively on television, including commercials, and the album managed to peak at No. 76 on the Billboard 200.
Since the release of their first album, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have also used YouTube as a new artistic platform and a means of reaching new listeners. The band has begun SALVO!, a 12-part musical video experience that unfolds online for fans. As much as the videos are visually-striking, it is also the band's way of exploring a new multimedia option and breaking away from the formats of the past.
With their new album, Here, set to hit shelves in mid-2012, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have just begun their journey to musical prominence. They're regulars on the summer festival scene and are quickly becoming indie and folk rock heroes to boot.