May 26, 2012

Right Here, Right Now

Yay! Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros return these days with their much-anticipated sophomore LP, Here. (No, you don't have to click anywhere, Here is the actual title). The record, out next May 29, will be the first of two albums the band will release this year. 

True to its title, their first album, Up From Below, peeked them out from behind the shadows and their hit Home became #1 in music charts from half of the world.

Loose-limbed frontman Alex Ebert keeps leading his band through the gospel-tinged tune, looking a bit bewildered but sounding warm and soulful. C'mon, don't be shy and click the icon below. You will be able to stream their LATEST album in FULL.

Here you have these guys debuting their awesome track Man On Fire on a famous US late-night show. If you haven't watched it yet, don't even think of missing this one! Seriously, the video is great, so you'll have to rush. Push the TV-shaped button NOW.

I made a fun short little trivia game for you! Let's see how much you really know 'bout this band. And please, don't forget to leave comments with your thoughts on the band and the number of answers you got right.

Who is Edward Sharpe? 

He was Jade Castrinos's grandpa (vocals, percussion, keyboards), a well-known writter whose first book was The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History. The group wanted to pay homage to him just in case he wrote a new version of the book and they were included in the list (kinda emotional blackmail, huh?).

He's an Irish Astrophysics whose theorem explains how the magnetic fields can be used to impose order. This is closely related to the second part of the band name.

Lead singer Alex Ebert began writing the foundations of a novel about a messianic figure by the name of Edward Sharpe who had been sent down to Earth to save mankind. That is why there are many lyrical references to religion and spirituality.


And what happened to him?

He kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love. 
He was arrested for his avant-garde ideas.
He won a couple of awards but soon sank into oblivion.


Who are The Magnetic Zeros?

The law of attraction is the magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together. According to this issue, the band believe in the potentiality of music and its ability to mesmerize everybody. The zeros come from the central intensity (they are the main axis).

The collective wanted to pay tribute to the great bands they truly admire: The Magnetic Fields and Heroes & Zeros. They do not consider themselves heroes.

It's a made up, though potentially legitimate, mathematical formula Ebert concocted in his head.


Previously, Ebert was leader and vocalist of the electronic rock group...

He was never part of another band.
Ima Robot. 
Moving Units.


In addition to their ten to thirteen members, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros travel with... 

An upright piano. 
Ebert's mom, who is, moreover, the band manager.
A cute pet hedgehog.

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