Ezra Furman shares new single, Suck The Blood From My Wound
Ezra Furman has unveiled Suck The Blood From My Wound, the third single from his upcoming album, Transangelic Exodus, due 9th February on Bella Union.
Ezra says of it, "It's a song with enough situational detail and imagery that it could be adapted into a film or a novel. Not that it necessarily should be."
"It started with me writing a whole album about me and my illegal transangelic hospital-escapee partner running from a hostile government. All of my deepest concerns as an artist whirling into a bizarre dream of perpetual narrow escape."
“The narrative thread,” Furman, discussing the album as a whole, “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. They have an operation, and they’re transformed. And it causes panic because some people think it’s contagious, or it should just be outlawed.”
“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.”
Transangelic Exodus was mostly recorded – as all Furman's records have been since 2011 - at Tim Sandusky’s Ballistico Studios in Chicago. Tim also plays saxophone on the album.
The rest of his backing band, The Visions, include; Jorgen Jorgensen on bass and cello; Ben Joseph playing keyboards and guitar and Sam Durkes, drums/percussion.
Although the backing band hasn't changed, this record is noticeably different to its predecessors. “2016 was a hard year,” Furman recalls.
“While the political and cultural conversation devolved in a very threatening way, we travelled and toured a lot. We saw ourselves coming to the end of what we were, and we wanted to become something new.”
Ezra has announced a number of new UK live dates for May 2018, including his biggest London headline show to date at Brixton Academy.
Here are the details:
Saturday 3 February – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Sunday 4 February – LIVERPOOL – Arts Club
Saturday 10 February – FOLKESTONE – Quarterhouse
Wednesday 23 May – LONDON – O2 Brixton Academy
Thursday 24 May – BRISTOL – Colston Hall
Sunday 27 May – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall
Monday 28 May – GLASGOW – O2 ABC Glasgow
Tuesday 29 May – DUBLIN – Tivoli Theatre
Transangelic Exodus will be released on 9 February through Bella Union.
Photo Credit: Jason Simmons