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Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos are in love. But they're not just in love with each other. No, they're in love with life, music, and the whole big crowd of a band that they rock out with as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. 

"Home" is the band's anthem in honor of all that affection. The whistling, bouncing, shout-singing hippie ditty manages to somehow feel like an old favorite that you’ve never heard before.

Want to know the best part? Behind the song, there actually is a pretty good love story. Read on to find out how and why this wacky bunch got together and what "Home" means to them. Bonus feature: Find out who Edward Sharpe really is.

About the Song

ArtistEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Year2009
LabelVagrant Records, Rough Trade Records
Writer(s)Alex Ebert, Jade Castrinos
Producer(s)Kevin Augunas, Nicolo Aglietti, Aaron Older, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Musician(s)Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Guitar, Harmonica, Mixing, Percussion, Producer, Vocals)
Learn to playChords
AlbumUp from Below

Music Video

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Influences on Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

The Mamas and the Papas
The Beatles
Paul McCartney
Jefferson Airplane
Grateful Dead
The Young Bloods
The Doors
Parliament
Polyphonic Spree
Bob Marley
Arcade Fire

Influenced by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

We'll have to hang on just a bit longer to see who might be influenced by this band.

Home Resources

Books

Michael Walker: Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Legendary Neighborhood (2006)
This book attempts to document the exciting history of Laurel Canyon that serves as a close inspiration for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Albums

Up from Below (2009)
This rollicking ride recorded on a 24-track at a friend's house is the band's first full-length album.

Images

The Whole Band, ca. 2009
Their hippie throwback thing is playful without being ironic (somehow).

The Band, ca. 2016
The band has since turned into an all-male lineup, with the most notable missing woman being Jade.

Jade and Alex, Pre-Breakup
They really do look like they're straight out of the '60s.

Movies & TV

Big Easy Express (2012)
Three folk rock bands—Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes—travel from California to Louisiana over a summer, and this documentary shows great music along with great insight into the people behind the music.

Websites

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Official Site
Read their notably self-aggrandizing band bio, get merch, look up tour dates, and…well that's about it, really.

Jessica Jardine, "Interview: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Alex Ebert Isn't Selling Snake Oil," The A.V. Club (2009)
This is one of Ebert's best interviews (we think it might be because The A.V. Club generously edited out a lot of his "like" and "um" usage). This is an interesting interview, and it's capped with a live video of the band performing "Home" on Letterman.

Video & Audio

"Home" Music Video
It's not so much a music video as it is Edward Sharpe's version of, well, a home video.

"Fiya Wata" (Live)
A great up-close video of the band jamming in their sweaters and funny hats. The sound isn't great, but the experience is.

MF Magazine's Interview with Alex and Jade
Are they stoned, or just weird? We may never know. Notice how Jade kicks her legs up and down impatiently the entire time. And watch at least until seven minutes in, when she starts screaming.