Ezra Furman (born September 5, 1986) is an American musician and songwriter. Furman currently performs solo and tours with her band.
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons were a four-piece rock band active between 2006 and 2011. The band consisted of Ezra Furman (vocals, guitar), Job Mukkada (bass guitar), Drew "Adam" Abrutyn (drums), and Andrew Langer (guitar). They formed at Tufts University in 2006. They released four albums: the self-released Beat Beat Beat (2006), followed by Banging Down the Doors (2007), Inside the Human Body (2008) and Mysterious Power (2011). The group broke up in 2011. After their contract with Minty Fresh Records expired, the band released a self-produced compilation album in 2009, Moon Face: Bootlegs and Road Recordings 2006–2009, which included live recordings and some of Furman's solo work.
The Year of No Returning
After touring in support of the album Mysterious Power, Furman recorded a solo album, entitled The Year of No Returning, without a label. Furman raised money through Kickstarter to fund the recording and self-release of the album. The album was recorded at Studio Ballistico, located at the time in the attic of Furman's house, and produced by Tim Sandusky, who lived there as well. The album was released in February 2012. At the end of the year, Furman signed to Bar/None Records, who re-released The Year of No Returning in the summer of 2013.
The touring band Ezra Furman and the Boy-Friends formed in spring of 2012 and toured in support of The Year of No Returning. The band consisted of Jorgen Jorgensen (bass), Ben Joseph (keyboard, guitar), and Sam Durkes (drums). Tim Sandusky (saxophone) joined in 2013.
Day of the Dog
Furman released Day of the Dog in October 2013, also produced by Tim Sandusky, recorded at Studio Ballistico and released through Bar/None Records. This album got Furman notable press in the UK, receiving a 5/5 review in The Guardian by Michael Hann: "Ezra Furman has made an album of classicist rock'n'roll that never feels like an exercise, but a living, breathing piece of self expression", and an 8/10 review in NME: "A bratty, ragged take on New York Dolls, Spector-era Ramones and E Street Band carnival rock. An unexpected gem."
The band toured the UK in 2014 and were met with positive press. "The punk-fired rock'n'roller isn't too cool to be touched by a richly deserved rave reception", wrote Malcolm Jack for The Guardian, giving the show a five-star review. The tour finished in the autumn with a sold-out gig at Scala in London on September 2014.
Perpetual Motion People
In early 2015 Furman signed to Bella Union and on April 27 Furman announced that a new album, Perpetual Motion People, would be released on July 6 in the UK and Europe and on July 10 in the US. Aided by positive critical reviews Perpetual Motion People peaked in the UK charts on its entry week at #23. A series of concerts in Europe and the USA took place to co-ordinate with the release of Furman's album.
In 2016 Furman released the EP Big Fugitive Life, saying it felt like the "end of a chapter, musically" and calling the collection a "group of our favourite orphaned songs", four of which missed out on inclusion on Perpetual Motion People, and two which came from the time of The Year of No Returning.
In September 2017, Furman's social media posts indicated that the Boy-Friends, active since 2012, had been renamed or reformed as The Visions. There was no change made to the line-up of Ben Joseph, Jorgen Jorgensen, Sam Durkes, and Tim Sandusky.
Transangelic Exodus, Furman's seventh album, was released February 9, 2018. The album follows a narrative of Furman and an angel on the road, running away from an oppressive government.
In 2018, 33⅓ published a book by Furman about Lou Reed's album Transformer.
Furman provided the soundtrack for the 2019 Netflix drama-comedy show Sex Education. The soundtrack consists of songs from Furman's back catalogue, as well as songs written for the show. Furman and her band also appeared in episode seven of the first season of the show, "At the Bottom of the Ocean," making a cameo as the band playing at the main characters' school dance.
Furman is Jewish. Her father is from a Jewish family and her mother converted to Judaism.
Furman identifies as trans and bisexual, and uses he/him and she/her pronouns.
Furman's younger brother Jonah was lead singer and bassist in the Boston-based rock band Krill, until their split in October 2015. Ezra and Jonah also have two more siblings.
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
- Banging Down the Doors (2007)
- Inside the Human Body (2008)
- Mysterious Power (2011)
- The Year of No Returning (2012)
- Day of the Dog (2013)
- Perpetual Motion People (2015)
- Transangelic Exodus (2018)
- Twelve Nudes (2019)
- Songs by Others (2019)
- Big Fugitive Life (2016)
- Jam in the Van (2018)
- "My Zero"/"Caroline Jones" (2013)
- "Restless Year" (2015)
- "Lousy Connection" (2015)
- "Driving Down to LA" (2017)
- "Unbelievers" (2018)
- "Calm down aka I Should Not Be Alone" (2019)