Alex Ebert has had a hell of a career, and he should know: he’s actually had two of them.
Ebert’s first career was in the early 2000s, when his electro-rock group Ima Robot released its eponymous debut album to decent success. Lead by the snappy single “Dynomite” (which had a delightfully outrageous video to go along with it), the group picked up a decent following, touring with the likes of Hot Hot Heat while getting promotional support from the likes of MTV2’s underground-exposure program Subterranean. The band’s 2006 follow-up album Monument to the Masses, however, received a much chillier reception than expected, and single “Creeps Me Out” stalled, with Ebert eventually releasing the gender-bending (and amazingly well done) promo clip for album-highlight “Lovers in Captivity” on his own, much to the chagrin of his label. Needless to say, things got cool between artist and label at that point, and Ebert disappeared.