Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have signed on to Mumford and Son’s own record label, the Gentlemen Of The Road label.
The two bands first met while touring on the Railroad Revival Tour in April 2011, when ESMZ joined Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford and Sons and on a tour that stopped in six cities across the U.S. The tour was featured in Emmett Malloy’s documentary “Big Easy Express.”
“I don’t think people in the UK know Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros enough,” Marcus Mumford told BBC. “They are pretty much our favorite band.”
Mumford said he first saw the band at Sasquatch! Festival in Washington.
“I had never seen so many hipsters look like they didn’t care what they thought of themselves,” Mumford told the BBC.
“[They were] these cool people, L.A. guys, all just completely with a sense of abandon. I hadn’t seen that before and I was really attracted to that.”
“Big Easy Express” would go on to win in the category for Best Long Form Music Video at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
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