After playing several shows at SXSW, Ezra Furman & The Harpoons will head out on a U.S. headlining tour in support of their third studio album, Mysterious Power, due out April 5th. The run will kick off on April 3rd at 12th & Porter in Nashville and include shows at The Studio at Webster in New York City (April 8th), Subterranean in the band’s hometown of Chicago (April 23rd) and The Satellite in Los Angeles (May 6th). Tristen and Apache Relay will open on the tour, which wraps up at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR on May 15th. See below for itinerary.
Beginning today, the band is offering a free download of “Hard Time in a Terrible Land,” an explosive track from Mysterious Power that examines how the ravages of unemployment, poverty and other crises we face in these challenging times threaten to bankrupt us spiritually as well, compromising our faith in the future.
Yet in a climate of rampant cynicism, Furman dares to believe, as the transcendent title track – “Mysterious Power,” the album’s lead single – demonstrates. Throughout, The Harpoons – Job Mukkada (bass), Adam Abrutyn (drums) and Andrew Langer (guitar) – deftly toy with dynamics, soldering rockabilly rhythm and love-struck doo-wop sensibility with punk rock ferocity and providing a powerful counterpoint to Furman’s fervent vocals and striking lyrics.
Produced by Doug Boehm (French Kicks, Starsailor), Mysterious Power is Ezra Furman & The Harpoons’ first album for Red Parlor Records, which is distributed in the U.S. by ADA, a part of the Warner Music Group. It’s the follow-up to 2008’s Inside the Human Body, which appeared on numerous critics’ top albums of the year lists. The Chicago Tribune compared it to “a rickety ride on one of those old wooden roller-coasters; you’re not entirely sure the journey will end safely. Music’s a life-and-death struggle to make sense of the world” while Paste Magazine noted:”On his second album of jittery, willfully naive folk-punk, Furman plays the alienated romantic geek, employing a wobbly sense of pitch to better effect than anyone since the early Violent Femmes.”
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons debuted with 2007’s Banging Down the Doors, prompting NPR’s “All Songs Considered” to note: “Furman is a great young voice emitting sarcastic and clever Midwestern angst with a lot of intelligence and a lot of heart.”Between albums, the band hastoured non-stop, performing with Lou Reed at SXSW, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Walkmen, Matisyahu, Spoon and Delta Spirit, and appeared at major festivals such as Lollapalooza, FM4 Fest in St. Polten, Austria and the prestigious Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Last year Ezra Furman & The Harpoons released a special compilation,Moon Face: Bootlegs & Road Recordings 2006-2009, which was available online only.
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons – Upcoming Tour Dates
3/16 Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall/Texas Jump Start 4, 4 p.m.
3/16 Austin, TX @ Paste Magazine Party, 6 p.m.
3/17 Austin, TX @ Township at Teddy’s Party, 5:45 p.m.
3/18 Austin, TX @ Hyatt Second Play Stage, 6 p.m.
3/19 Austin, TX @ The Rumbler Lounge/Consequence of Sound Party, 5 p.m.
3/19 Austin, TX @ Speakeasy/Official SXSW Showcase, 11 p.m.
U.S. HEADLINING TOUR
(All dates w/ Tristen and Apache Relay)
4/3 Nashville, TN @ 12Th & Porter
4/6 Vienna, VA@ Jammin’ Java
4/7 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
4/8 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster
4/9 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
4/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
4/13 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
4/14 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
4/15 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
4/16 Champaign, IL @ High Dive
4/21 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
4/22 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
4/23 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
4/28 Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
4/29 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
4/30 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
5/6 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
5/7 San Diego, CA @ The Loft @ UCSD
5/12 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of The Hill
5/14 Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
5/15 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
More on Tristen:
A Chicago native who now calls Nashville home, Tristen is on tour in support of her recently released album. Charlatans At The Garden Gate has been met with wide ranging praise. The Onionwrites that Tristen”has crafted a confident, poignant folk-popdebut that never wants for hooks, and manages to undercut its sing-songiness at every turn with unflinching lyrics and mature songwriting.” According toBust, “she caught up to her contemporaries and surpassed them in one fell swoop.As soon as the vocals kick in on the opener ‘Eager for Your Love,’ it’s impossible not to listen to this record all the way through. Man this girl can sing.”The home townNashville Scenenoted that “With or without Tristen’s acute capacity to portray relationships and ideology gone wrong, Charlatans is a musical document billowing over with rich, vintage hues and irrepressible hooks, her reverence for the lions of pop music and confident sense of self all meted out in the same breath.”