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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Apologize for Defacing St. Johns Bridge

"Sue us, fine us, denigrate us - its our fault."

Scratch St. Johns off the list of places where Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros can feel at home.

The Los Angeles-based folk band caused an uproar on the neighborhood's Facebook community page after a member of the group posted photos of promotional graffiti for the group's new album spray-painted on a concrete truss underneath the St. Johns Bridge.

Courtesy of Facebook.
IMAGE: Cedar Adam Rowe.
Several commenters expressed outrage over the graffiti. Some claimed to have had their complaints deleted from the band's Facebook page.

On Wednesday, the band issued an apology on its Facebook page, calling the promotional tactic "[h]yper lame" and promising to have the water-based paint removed within 48 hours.

"Despite the fact that we did not physically do it, we are the party responsible," wrote band leader Alex Ebert. "Any witch hunt (and one is brewing, according to messages we've received) need look no further than us. Sue us, fine us, denigrate us – its our fault. And we are sorry. "

Here's the band's full apology:

The band did not immediately respond to requests for additional comment.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros play Edgefield on June 17.