EZRA FURMAN Shares Cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Unbelievers”

September 1, 2018

Jason Simmons


Shares Cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Unbelievers”

Transangelic Exodus out now on Bella Union


A wildly intelligent, phenomenal live performer and deft lyricist, Ezra Furman is currently touring the UK, playing End of the Road this weekend, and a headline show at London’s O2 Brixton Academy on Thursday 4th.

Today, he’s shared a very special cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Unbelievers”.  It might seem an odd choice, but Furman sensed a punk band buried in Vampire Weekend:

With Ivy League cunning they realized there were more interesting and profitable directions to go with their music. But the punk instincts still shine through in many of their songs. I heard “Unbelievers” as a punk song almost immediately, adventurous production and orchestral touches notwithstanding. It takes one to know one. In the midst of our recent ambitious and inventive music, I started to get a strong urge to reconnect with my high-tempo voice shredding punk roots. Covering this song was a perfect gateway from one to the other. Plus, no matter how deep in love I am with Judaism, there is a never-ending supply of religious alienation and rage in me. Felt good to spill some more of that out.”

Crossing between love, gender, sexuality and religion, and singing in solidarity with the innocent, persecuted, oppressed and threatened; Ezra Furman provides a soundtrack for the current fear and loathing in America like no other.

Ezra Furman released his seminal album Transangelic Exodus on Bella Union earlier this year. His seventh album was a landmark for the American singer-songwriter: “Not a concept record, but almost a novel, or a cluster of stories on a theme, a combination of fiction and a half-true memoir,” according to its author. “A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga.” Perfect for an artist always on the move, always evolving. Ezra Furman’s upcoming tour dates are below:

Ezra Furman Tour Dates:

Sun. Sep. 2 – Larmer Tree Gardens, U.K. @ End Of The Road Festival
Thu. Sep. 4 –  London, U.K. @ O2 Academy Brixton

“As confrontational musically as it is thematically, there’s a sense of emancipation both sonic and personal… A heavenly journey.” NME – 5 Stars ***** (Album of the Week)

“The gender–fluid star’s ambitious seventh album gives his riotous glam rock a shot of Killers–type stadium oomph, but the songs still wear their outsiderness with pride.”  The Guardian – 4 Stars **** 

“An adrenaline-jolted, allegorically angry “queer outlaw saga”, a dark, fantastic road story reminiscent of David Lynch’s Wild At Heart.” The Observer – 4 Stars **** 

“His seventh album vibrates with fear, rage and fierce defiance… Transangelic Exodus feels like an appropriately angry response to a repressive political moment.” MOJO – 4 Stars **** 

“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 ****

“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

“There’s always been an element of Springsteen street opera to Ezra Furman’s work, and on Transangelic Exodus he takes it to another level entirely… Equal parts Jean Genet and Hellboy, it’s a magnificent oddity, exultant in its uniqueness, both personally and musically.” The Independent – 4 Stars **** 

“By way of glam, garage rock, baroque’n’roll balladry and declamation, Furman fashions a bold and engrossing manifesto.” Sunday Times

“A sense of defiance and unrest runs throughout Transangelic Exodus… Timely and uncompromising, it feels like a record of real importance.” DIY – 4 Stars ****


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