Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons at Mojo's, 11/17
Save the whales! Ezra Furman and the Harpoons are sailing into Columbia with Peasant to play Mojo's Tuesday night. Some have compared them to the Violent Femmes and termed their music "unhinged" or "exuberant." Equal parts boyish and equal parts snarky, EF and the Harpoons haven't quite grown up and perhaps never will.
Furman and his harpooning band formed in 2006 at Tufts University and now call Boston home. The 23-year-old Furman recently launched a daunting undertaking—recording personal songs for every fan who buys his band's latest album, Moon Face: Bootlegs and Road Recordings 2006–2009, available at ezrafurman.bigcartel.com. (You can read more about the project at the Chicago Tribune.) Basically, Furman has promised to send each paying customer a copy of his new 10-track cd, plus a personalized song. Most people, he says, have mailed him personal details along with their album requests, asking him to record tracks for ex-girlfriends, weddings, new babies, etc. Furman admits he may not be able to keep up with demand but is willing to give it his best shot for the sake of redefining the artist-fan experience.
So far Ezra Furman and his band have released two traditional albums (sans made-to-order tracks): 2007's Banging Down the Doors and 2008's Inside the Human Body. Their biggest hit to date is probably "Take Off Your Sunglasses," from the second album.
"Take Off Your Sunglasses"
Opening for Furman et al. is Peasant, also known as Damien Nicholas DeRose from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, who plays guitar, piano, and drums and sings like an angel.
Check out Ezra Furman and the Harpoons with Peasant at Mojo's, Tuesday, November 17. Doors open at 7:00.