Pop Quiz: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Aidin Vaziri | Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released their latest album, “Here,” just a few months ago, but front man Alex Ebert and the rest of the ragtag Los Angeles folk-rock collective are already back in the studio working on the follow-up. Two years ago, the band scored a left-field hit with the giddy duet “Home,” inspiring a gaggle of followers and hitting the road as part of the Railroad Revival Tour. Now the 33-year-old singer says the music is just flowing.

Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Q: You also added two band members. In this economy?
A: PI know. The music requires 12 people to play it live, actually. Otherwise, we would have to play to backing tracks or stripping it down. You’re there experiencing a live performance.
Q: While you were away touring and recording, all these Edward Sharpe clones like Of Monsters and Men sprang up. Are you flattered?
A: PIt’s tough. I heard one of their songs and I thought, this is very, very similar to “Home” – but only in concept. And then I heard another song, and I could literally sing “Home” over it. I did not invent the idea of doing gang vocal “heys” and “hos” through a song. I got it from Ennio Morricone. But that they would take that … Now I don’t want to use that, and that’s sad because that represented our group.
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