The Rescue Rooms archives: 2017

EZRA FURMAN, Live At Rescue Rooms

  • Thursday 6th July 2017
  • Supported by: Babe Punch

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2016 was a busy year for Ezra, he spent the majority of it touring his breakout album Perpetual Motion People (released on Bella Union) across Europe, America and the UK, including appearances at BBC 6 Music Festival, End of The Road, Greenman, Reading and Leeds and SXSW, culminating in a sold out show in October at The Roundhouse in London.

Perpetual Motion People, recorded with Furman’s band, The Boyfriends, delivers a cascade of memorably bristling hooks driven by a unique splicing of timeless influences, delivered with a restless urgency and combative spirit that shines through the American's vocals and lyrics. Perpetual Motion People was exceptionally well received across the board with The Guardian describing it as “the restless sound of a genuine one-off in a generic world”, whilst The Sunday Times called it “A work of rare honesty, beauty and exhilarating bravery.”

Following the release of the album, Ezra put out a 6 track EP entitled Big Fugitive Life, which Ezra dedicated to refugees of all kinds, all over the world, saying “May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and and may those with power welcome them as fellow citizens of humanity” A message more vital now then ever.

Described by Q as a ‘vital force’ , Ezra is currently writing and recording his next album and having taken his time to work his way into the public consciousness, Furman's time is unquestionably now, as he finally faces an expectant audience hungry for the next stage of his thrilling approach, on record and on stage.

Ezra himself states that, ‘This feels like an end of a chapter for me, musically. A beautiful, insane chapter. Keep an ear out for our next phase - we've been dreaming big.”

Critical acclaim for Perpetual Motion People, out now on Bella Union:

“Perpetual Motion People is the restless sound of a genuine one-off in a generic world.”

The Guardian – 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week / #25 in Albums of the Year 2015)

“A work of rare honesty, beauty and exhilarating bravery.”

Sunday Times (Album Of The Week / #13 in Albums of the Year 2015)

“Crucially, Furman's dislocation doesn't come out as unlistenable angst. It comes out as tunes… That’s 13 songs,

with 13 nagging hooks and 13 singalong choruses; no mean feat in any genre, let alone a few.”

The Observer 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)

“Furman's collage approach and his Jonathan Richman-styled variations are charming, filled with both life and with tunes… This latter day song-and-dance man is a vital force.”

Q – 4 Stars **** (#30 in Albums of the Year 2015)

“A yowling, nervy, sickeningly eloquent blend of Jonathan Richman, Woody Allen and Armistead Maupin, Furman delivers high-speed drama full of bristling riffs and frazzled joie de vivre.”

MOJO – 4 Stars **** (#31 in Albums of the Year 2015)

“His devilish smartness as a lyricist speaks loud and clear… Furman's bug-eyed passion for old-world rock'n'roll has invited comparisons to Jonathan Richman, but his sax-heavy album blows its own horn, walking very much on the Lou Reed wild side of Bruce Springsteen.”

Uncut – 8/10 (#43 in Albums of the Year 2015)

“The pied piper of restless outcasts everywhere… Perpetual Motion People is a constantly surprising and relentlessly melodic pleasure.”

NME – 8/10

“Nothing short of revelatory. Scored through with eccentricity and an unrelentingly diffuse range of influences, its easily his best full-length to date.”

Loud & Quiet – 8/10 (#24 in Albums of the Year 2015)

“Like listening to The Velvet Underground on speed. Cracking stuff.”


“There's a ramshackle magical confidence that tumbles throughout all the songs, a sense that Furman has created his own unique, captivating world. If there's any justice, this could be the moment Furman becomes a star.”

DIY – 4 Stars **** "Furman recasts his personal woes into forty minutes of endlessly fascinating creativity by throwing sixty years of popular music into a blender.” The Line of Best Fit - 9/10 (In Top 50 Albums of 2015) “A playful, hefty romp through folk, blues, and plain old rock'n'roll." Pitchfork "He is self-deprecating, but his witty humour allows a glimmer of optimism. An enlightening journey through the mind of an outsider, but an entirely relatable one." Clash - 9/10

“another truly masterful album, executed with exquisite ease” Louder Than War - 9/10 #4 in Rough Trade's Albums of the Year #1 Album of the Year in Gigwise, God Is In The TV, Across The