Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes (formed in 2009) is an American indie folk music collective hailing from Los Angeles, California, U.S.
During a stint in rehab following years of drug and alcohol dependence caused by abuse of the Los Angeles party life, frontman Alex Ebert wrote a story about a messianic figure who goes by the name of Edward Sharpe. Grappling with an existential crisis regarding his identity and his position in the world, Ebert adopted the Edward Sharpe persona, later meeting singer Jade Castrinos outside a cafe in L.A.
The pair hit it off in more ways than one, they began writing and recording music and joined the arts and music collective The Masses. The group which features a revolving membership of around 11 draws inspiration from the music collective of the hippie '60s and early '70s, and was partially funded by start-up money from actor Heath Ledger. In 2009, the group toured the U.S. by bus under the name Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes for the first time, and played their first show at the Marfa Film Festival in Texas, U.S.
After the release of the group’s debut EP “Here Comes” in May 2009, Edward Sharpe issued their first full-length studio album entitled “Up from Below” in July 2009. The album drew a buzz of online attention thanks to the Southern California lifestyle appeal and nostalgia driven soundscapes, including the uber-popular singles “40 Day Dream” and “Home”. The album was supported by a number of energetic and engaging live shows and several appearances on mainstream TV shows including Late Night with David Letterman.
Edward Sharpe has subsequently released the full-length follow up “Here” in 2012 which despite the lack of hit singles performed better than its predecessor peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The band’s eponymously-titled third album was led by the single “Better Days” and is seen as the band's most stripped back and raw album to date.http://www.songkick.com/