Interviewed on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast
UK Live Dates in February and May
Transangelic Exodus due 9th February on Bella Union
Ezra Furman has shared his new single “Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 at Goodwill” exclusively on i-D Magazine (listen below). Last week Ezra’s episode on the wildly popular Marc Maron WTF Podcast aired, you can listen to it here. It was an illuminating and wide ranging interview that discussed his musical influences, religion, sexuality and the themes of his new album Transangelic Exodus.
Thursday 8th February – LONDON – Rough Trade East (instore)
Saturday 10th February – FOLKESTONE – Quarterhouse **(SOLD–OUT!)**
Wednesday 23rd May – LONDON – O2 Brixton Academy
Thursday 24th May – BRISTOL – Colston Hall
Sunday 27th May – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall
Monday 28th May – GLASGOW – O2 ABC Glasgow
Tuesday 29th May – DUBLIN – Tivoli Theatre
“Both sonically and lyrically, it’s an album that is explicitly, thrillingly transgressive, and is already an early contender for one of the albums of the year.” Uncut – 8/10
“Furman’s music has been rethought, cut up, redrafted into something irresistibly modern. The songs are tremendous – melodic, unsettling and laugh–out–loud brilliant.” Q – 4 Stars ****
The music is as much of an intense, dramatic event, full of brilliant hooks, with an equally evolved approach to recorded sound to match Furman’s narrative vision. In honour of this shift, his backing band has been newly christened: The Boy-Friends are dead, long live The Visions. In other words, the man who embodies the title of his last album ‘Perpetual Motion People’ is still on the move… Or, in the vernacular of the new album, on the run.
“My previous records were original in their own way, but got classified as an off-kilter version of a retro band, and I wanted something that sounded more original,” he explains. “So we took time off touring, and made sure we took time with every song. I demoed with different band members, and then combined different demos – some parts even made the final album. So, the sound is more chopped up, edited, affected, rearranged.”
Checking Furman’s successive album covers will show his personal journey, coming out as queer and gender-fluid, which the jagged, agitated ‘Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 at Goodwill’ meets head on, namely “the painful experience of being a closeted gender-non-conforming person. Having ‘trans’ in the album title has a lot to do with being queer, like [album finale] ‘I Lost My Innocence’ [“…to a boy named Vincent”). That early experience marks the narrator for life. From a young age, because of issues surrounding gender and sexuality, I felt fated to have an outsider perspective. It radicalises you.”
Crossing between love, gender, sexuality and religion, and singing in solidarity with the innocent, persecuted, oppressed and threatened, Ezra Furman has soundtracked the current fear and loathing across America like no other, while pushing ahead with his own agenda, always on the move.
Transangelic Exodus tracklist:
1. Suck The Blood From My Wound
2. Driving Down To L.A.
3. God Lifts Up The Lowly
4. No Place
5. The Great Unknown
6. Compulsive Liar
7. Maraschino–Red Dress $8.99 At Goodwill
8. From A Beach House
9. Love You So Bad
10. Come Here Get Away From Me
11. Peel My Orange Every Morning
12. Psalm 151
13. I Lost My Innocence