Unveils new single, "Lilac and Black"
New album, All Of Us Flames
out 26th August on Bella Union
UK live dates inc. London Roundhouse show in November
Press shot, credit Tonje Thilesen “With influences from Sixties girl groups to Bob Dylan’s Eighties records, [Furman] wrote the album during the early days of the pandemic, meshing growling vocals with songs about building communities in the ashes of a hostile world.” — Rolling Stone "Ezra Furman is ready to get away from all of the bulls–t.” — Billboard “[‘Book Of Our Names’ is a] queer liberation protest song” — them.
Album: All of Us Flames Label: Bella Union (ANTI- in N. America) Release: 26/08/22
Ezra Furman unveils a new single “Lilac and Black” off her forthcoming record, All of Us Flames, out August 26th via Bella Union. Produced by John Congleton, All of Us Flames unleashes Furman’s songwriting in an open, vivid sound whose boldness heightens the music’s urgency. “We’ve been alone too long / We belong together with our weapons drawn,” Furman sings on “Lilac and Black,” detailing a revenge plot where she and her “queer girl gang” drive out their oppressors and claim a hostile city for themselves.
Furman elaborates, “I’ve started to think of us trans women as a kind of secret gang, scattered across the world. Or that we could be that. So I wrote this theme song for us, and gave us some gang colors: lilac and black. Unfortunately, being trans usually comes with some kind of threat to one’s well-being or even one’s life. The hostility toward us right now is intense and the stakes are high. This song is an expression of deep solidarity and willingness to defend our lives.Being an inherently peaceful person, I hate to imagine it, but there are times that violent self-defense, or defense of others, is the moral and necessary path. This song is about being ready for that.” Furman continues, “It’s also about how being trans so often feels like a war we never asked for. On top of the seemingly endless social stigma and barriers to our general thriving, various governments have now set in motion a concerted movement to virtually outlaw healthy trans existence. Let it be known: we demand safety, resources and dignity, and we are ready to fight for our lives and the lives of others.”
All of Us Flames is the third installment in a trilogy of albums, beginning with 2018's Springsteen-inflected road saga Transangelic Exodus and continuing with the punk rock fury of 2019's Twelve Nudes. Writing much of Flames during the early months of the pandemic, Furman drove to seek solitude, parked in arbitrary quiet spots around Massachusetts, and began to write. The songs that came flowed toward ideas of communality and networks of care, systems of survival cultivated by necessity among people who have been historically deprived of them. With Furman’s widened focus, All of Us Flames paints transformative connections among people who unsettle the stories power tells to sustain itself. A singer, songwriter, and author whose incendiary music has soundtracked the Netflix show Sex Education, Furman has for years woven together stories of queer discontent and unlikely, fragile intimacies. All of Us Flames is “a queer album for the stage of life when you start to understand that you are not a lone wolf, but depend on finding your family, your people, how you work as part of a larger whole. I wanted to make songs for use by threatened communities, and particularly the ones I belong to: trans people and Jews.”
Ezra Furman Tour Dates: Thu. Jul. 21 - Valencia, ES @ Diversity Festival Sun. Jul. 24 - Hertfordshire, UK @ Standon Calling Festival Sun. Aug. 14 - Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom ^ Tues. Aug. 16 - Milwaukee, WI @ UWM Panther Arena ^ Wed. Aug. 17 - Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park ^ Thu. Aug. 18 - Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man Festival Tues. Aug 23 - Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh International Festival Wed. Aug 24 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club Mon. Sep. 12 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa ! Tue. Sep. 13 - Toronto, ON @ Rec Room ! Wed. Sep. 14 - Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch ! Thu. Sep. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small's ! Fri. Sep. 16 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar ! Sun. Sep. 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts ! Mon. Sep. 19 - Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom ! Tue. Sep. 20 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair ! Wed. Sep. 21 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall ! Thu. Sep. 22 - Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival Mon. Oct. 31 - Bruges, BE @ Cactus Club * Tue. Nov. 1 - Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo * Wed. Nov. 2 - Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli Vredenburg * Thu. Nov. 3 - Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefährlich * Sat. Nov. 5 - Cologne, DE @ Kulturkirche * Sun. Nov. 6 - Berlin, DE @ Festsaaal Kreutzberg * Mon. Nov. 7 - Prague, CZ @ Roxy * Tue. Nov. 8 - Vienna, AT @ Arena Wien * Wed. Nov. 9 - Graz, AT @ Dom Im Berg * Thurs. Nov 10 - Leipzig, DE @ Transcentiry Update Festival Sat. Nov. 12 - Fribourg, CH @ Fri-Son * Sun. Nov. 13 - Munich, DE @ Freiheitshalle * Mon. Nov. 14 - Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom * Wed. Nov. 16 - Brighton, UK @ St Georges Church * Thu. Nov. 17 - London, UK @ The Roundhouse * Sat. Nov. 19 - Birmingham, UK @ The Mill * Mon. Nov. 21 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz * ^ w/ Jack White ! w/ Art Moore *w/ The Golden Dregs
1. Train Comes Through
3. Dressed in Black
4. Forever in Sunset
5. Book Of Our Names
6. Point Me Toward the Real
7. Lilac and Black
8. Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club
9. Poor Girl A Long Way From Heaven
10. Temple Of Broken Dreams
11. I Saw the Truth Undressing
12. Come Close