A second album made a great deal of difference to Los Angeles' Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, especially when there were three years and hundreds of gigs in between.
"We weren't really a band when we made" 2009's "Up From Below" says frontman Alex Ebert, the former Ima Robot member who formed the Sharpe group in 2005 and named it after a messianic character in a book he was writing. "We were just friends, and friends of friends to coming together to make an album piecemeal over the course of a year.
"So there was that excitement and new friendship and all that going on, but it was a much different process than what we did this time."
The Sharpe troupe's sophomore release, "Here," came out in May and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, while the closing song "All Wash Out" was featured in "Big Easy Express," the documentary about the group's 2011 Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. Ebert, 34 -- who released a solo album called "Alexander" between albums -- says the band recorded more than three dozen songs, and another album drawn from the sessions will come in March and be considerably different than the "quietly defiant and sort of meditational songs" on "Here."
"The next album is far more rambunctious," Ebert says. "It has a lot of songs represented by a musically adventuresome sort of eel where the songs dive off to the left and then come back around to the other side to meet back up with itself. Live lately we've been playing some of these songs, and it's a blast to have that sort of rollercoaster ride with everything being so different from each other."
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah perform Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.