Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Up from below

Best known for infectious single “Home” from the 2009 debut “Up from Below,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have become mainstays in the contemporary folk scene. After releasing their sophomore album “Here” last May, the decatet spent time on the road with fellow banjo slingers Mumford and Sons, with tour dates for the year ending with their Fun Fun Fun Fest set.

“We are taking a break after Fun Fun Fun Fest for some much-needed downtime, but we have some great tours planned to align with the release of the third album in early 2013,” said Nora Kirkpatrick, accordionist and vocalist for Edward Sharpe.

Yes, that’s right, enthusiasts; the band is already releasing a third, currently untitled album. According to Kirkpatrick, the ten members went into the studio to record one album and ended up with over 40 songs. Rather than cut down on the number, the band divided the songs into two separate albums.

“I think you will hear a definite coherence between the second and third album, given the way they were recorded,” Kirkpatrick said.

Edward Sharpe’s array of instruments produce a folksy sound with an alternative, indie touch.

“But we separated the two based on the emotional feelings of the songs, and the third album is a bit more rambunctious than the second,” she said.

The band has already been playing some of the new material on tour, and we’re hoping that FFF Fest is no exception.

As the band gains popularity, the members of Edward Sharpe don’t let it go to their heads. The members seem genuine both off stage and on, a quality Kirkpatrick attributes to the band’s perspective of its success.

“Although I am aware there are more people at our shows now, and more people are familiar with the songs," Kirkpatrick said, "we don’t have much other first-hand knowledge of our ‘rise to fame,’ and we wouldn’t say it directly affects us very often."

The outfit is more concerned with audience experience during its performance.

“One aspect of our shows we have been focused on for a long time has been breaking down the barrier between audience member and performer," Kirkpatrick said. "We couldn’t do the shows without the audience, and hopefully they are getting a unique experience at our shows. When you think of it as a symbiotic relationship, it’s hard to get caught up in any of the fame rigmarole."

You can find out where you fit in this symbiotic relationship during FFF Fest. Can’t make it to the festival? You can still catch a performance from Edward Sharpe as the band tapes a segment for PBS’s Austin City Limits after playing FFF Fest, so keep an eye on the PBS website for more information about winning tickets.