Ezra Furman announces new EP, 'Big Fugitive Life'
Following his performance at the Glastonbury festival and just over a year since the release 'Perpetual Motion People', his hugely successful breakout album, Ezra Furman has announced news of a new 6-track EP entitled 'Big Fugitive Life', due for release 19 August on Bella Union. The EP's barnstorming opening track, 'Teddy I'm Ready' is streaming below:
Of the EP Furman says:
“Big Fugitive Life is a group of our favourite orphaned songs that have banded together to form a unit. They are focused on the theme of the mind unmoored--those of us who have been left to drift unsupervised through the modern world. Four of these tracks were originally intended for inclusion on 'Perpetual Motion People'. Two of them were for 'The Year of No Returning'. But they weren't ready until now.
The first three songs are our vision of rock and roll. A madness that overtakes your mind and body. It's wanting to go somewhere you've never been, knowing you're on your way. The second side is acoustic guitar as open wound, a troubled mind on display. Emotional in a different way, tender like a bruise. It includes “The Refugee,” my first song entirely concerned with my Jewish background and present, a song dedicated to my grandfather who fled the Nazis as well as to all of the refugees desperate for a home today.
We dedicate this record to refugees of all kinds, all over the world. May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and and may those with power welcome them as fellow citizens of humanity.
This feels like an end of a chapter for me, musically. A beautiful, insane chapter. Keep an ear out for our next phase - we've been dreaming big.”
Ezra Furman will be playing the below UK headline shows and festivals over the next few months. Support at the Roundhouse comes from Charlotte Church with her Late Night Pop Dungeon show in which she gives her MK Ultra treatment to "the greatest tunes that time forgot, and others that will forever haunt our collective memory".
Friday 19th August – DEVON – Beautiful Days
Sunday 21st August – CRICKHOWELL – Green Man
Monday 22nd August - BATH – Komedia *SOLD OUT*
Wednesday 24th August - PRESTON – Continental Pub *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 25th August – HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades Club *SOLD OUT*
Friday 26th August - LEEDS – Reading & Leeds festival
Sunday 28th August – READING - Reading & Leeds festival
Saturday 3rd September – LARMER TREE GARDENS – End of the Road
Sunday 4th September – LAOIS – Electric Picnic
Thursday 27th October – MANCHESTER – Ritz
Saturday 29th October – EDINBURGH – Liquid Rooms
Sunday 30th October – CARDIFF – Tramshed
Monday 31st October – LONDON – Roundhouse (with Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon)
Photo credit: Phil Sharp