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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

A band sound is only as big as its members’, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are huge. The ten members are all a whirl of roving horns and myriad strumming stringed instruments, whistles, claps, shouts, and percussion upon drums, hands, and anything else.

The communal folk sound made its break in 2009 with the heart-pounding, foot-stomping single “Home.” Popping with bright-eyed sentiment, the song includes a back-and-forth between front man Alex Ebert and his long-time friend, past lover, and current bandmate Jade Castrinos; the emotions that bleed forth from behind their voices infused the entire album with an impossible power. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros became a worldwide sensation quickly, and with a free spirit and freewheeling instrumentation, they seem on track to maintain the love they have found.

On May 29, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released their sophomore album, Here, a familiarly mesmerizing work that maintains the emotional pull which first brought them to prominence. In this session, Alex Ebert discusses the new album and the character of Edward Sharpe, a superhero he invented as a child and is seeking again to become, and play for us live.


Recent Release: "Here"
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Label:     Vagrant Records    
Origin: Los Angeles

MAN ON FIRE           
FIRE WATER             

notes - written by Laura Jane Brubaker, WXPN Intern