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Ezra Furman – The 2016 Tour
Ezra Furman will be packing the house in a series of highly anticipated dates across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Don't miss Furman and his backing band, the Boy-Friends, when they play at Milkboy in Philadelphia, Bar Le Ritz in Montreal, Concorde 2 in Brighton, and more! Don't miss out on your chance to hear one of the most innovative indie artists live! Get your tickets today.
About Ezra Furman
Born in Chicago, Illinois on September 5, 1986, Ezra Furman is a songwriter who is currently pursuing a solo career and tours with his group Ezra Furman and the Boy-Friends. Furman was previously part of Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, a four-piece rock outfit active from 2006 to 2011. The lineup consisted of Furman on vocals and guitar, Andrew Langer on guitar, Job Mukkada on bass, and Adam Abrutyn on drums. They teamed up while studying at Tufts University. Their album debut, Beat Beat Beat, was recorded in a number of college dorm rooms and produced by Dave Kant of Outtake Records and ex-Harpoons member Jahn Sood. It was released in 2006, and the following year, the band signed to Minty Fresh Records. Their first Minty Fresh album was Banging Down the Doors, which featured production by Brian Deck. It found considerable critical acclaim, and they followed up with 2008's Inside the Human Body. This concluded their Minty Fresh contract, and they subsequently issued the self-produced album Moon Face. Their next studio set, Mysterious Power, arrived in April of 2011 via Red Parlor Records. It was produced by Doug Boehm and recorded in Los Angeles.
After the supporting tour for Mysterious Power, Furman cut a solo album titled The Year of No Returning. The record was cut at Studio Ballistico, then located in Furman's attic, and his housemate Tim Sandusky produced the set. Furman self-released the record in February of 2012. By the end of the year, Furman had signed with Bar/None Records, which re-issued The Year of No Returning in 2013.
Ezra Furman and the Boy-Friends, the artist's touring band, had been formed in 2012 and supported The Year of No Returning tour. The lineup was comprised of bassist Jorgen Jorgensen, keyboardist and guitarist Ben Joseph, and drummer Sam Durkes. Sandusky joined as saxophonist in 2013. In October of that year, Furman issued the Bar/None album Day of the Dog, which was again produced by Sandusky and recorded in Studio Ballistico. The record earned notable acclaim in the United Kingdom, winning a five-star review from The Guardian's Michael Hann and a mark of 8/10 in NME. Ezra Furman and the Boy-Friends toured the United Kingdom in 2014 with great success. The circuit earned another five-star rave from The Guardian, and it concluded with a sold-out show at London's La Scala in September of 2014.
Early in 2015, Furman relocated to the Bella Union label. That April, he announced that a new album, titled Perpetual Motion People, would arrive in early July. Boosted by positive press, Perpetual Motion People rose to number 23 on the U.K. charts within the first week of its release. A series of shows in the United States and Europe were co-ordinated with the release of the album.
Frenzied Chicago performer Ezra Furman dropped Perpetual Motion People, his first solo album for British indie label Bella Union and third overall, in 2015. This creative masterpiece is an AllMusic album pick and has earned critical acclaim both in the United States and the United Kingdom. Since Furman dissolved his former band, the Harpoons, in 2011, he has experimented with a variety of sounds, from the introspective, edgy folk-pop of his 2012 solo debut album The Year of No Returning to the '50s-tinged, nervy punk of his sophomore Day of the Dog. For his third full-length, the simmering stew of inspirations (Violent Femmes, Velvet Underground, the Modern Lovers) that has flavored his repertoire to date blends together in a rich whirl as Furman finally abandons his inhibition. In a rush of invention and almost manic energy, he turns up the rhythms, hooks, and melodies, shining his eccentric creativity full-bore on a collection of tracks that ripple with fun, danger, and excitement. Backed by his own Boy-Friends, which includes producer Tim Sandusky as the saxophonist, Furman finally and fully embraces his obvious outsider mentality, turning it into something bold and desirable. In a snarl that falls somewhere between John Lennon, Dan Bejar, and Gordon Gano, he delivers marvelously spiky lines on tracks such as the opener "Restless Year". Donning a baseball cap, lipstick, and a dress on the album cover, he plays up sin, anxiety, gender fluidity, and any kind of self-expression that might tickle his fancy. He turns songs such as "Body was Made" and "Hark! To the Music" into rallying cries for misfits of all kinds. Musically, the set's most common theme is doo wop, with lots of sock hop sax solos and plenty of "shoo-doo", "sha-lang", and "ooh la" to balance Furman's barefaced barks. The whole album sounds like a journey into his chaotic emotional life and, fittingly, he offers a map of Chicago drawn by hand in the liner notes that assigns each song to a street address in Windy City, like a therapeutic field guide to their birthplaces. If you are willing to climb on board with Ezra Furman and the gorgeously messy realm he celebrates, Perpetual Motion People is a trip worth taking.
The Year of No Returning was initially released without a label, and Ezra Furman launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the album's recording and self-release.
The Ezra Furman Concert Experience
Grab your best concert buds and get ready to experience some of the most dazzling and achingly emotive indie folk-pop in the scene today. Ezra Furman, backed by his incomparable band the Boy-Friends, will give you a live concert experience that you will remember to the end of your days. An Ezra Furman show is at once quirky, earnest, and cerebral, and his latest material pushes these qualities to their eccentric extremes. Don't miss out on your chance to experience Ezra Furman live in concert!
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