Ezra Furman has announced a number of UK live dates for May 2018, including his biggest London headline show to date at Brixton Academy. This follows the announcement of his new album, Transangelic Exodus, on 9th February via Bella Union.
Saturday 3rd February – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club tickets
Sunday 4th February – LIVERPOOL – Arts Club tickets
Saturday 10th February – FOLKESTONE – Quarterhouse tickets
Wednesday 23rd May – LONDON – O2 Brixton Academy tickets
Thursday 24th May – BRISTOL – Colston Hall tickets
Sunday 27th May – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall tickets
Monday 28th May – GLASGOW – O2 ABC Glasgow tickets
Tuesday 29th May – DUBLIN – Tivoli Theatre tickets
Listen to ”Love You So Bad”:
Transangelic Exodus is a new 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.”
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.
“The narrative thread,” Furman declares, “is I’m in love with an angel, and a government is after us, and we have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harbouring angels. The term ‘transangelic’ refers to the fact people become angels because they grow wings. The have an operation, and they’re transformed. And it causes panic because some people think it’s contagious, or it should just be outlawed.”
“The album still works without the back story, though,” he vouches. “What’s essential is the mood – paranoid, authoritarian, the way certain people are stigmatised. It’s a theme in American life right now, and other so-called democracies.”