Ezra Furman signs to Bella Union

Bella Union are thrilled to announce the signing of Ezra Furman, whose 2013 album Day Of The Dog and riotous live shows with his band The Boyfriends won numerous 5 star reviews.

Furman, who The Guardian has called “a punk-fired rock’n'roll classicist,” has just announced news of his biggest London headline show to date, at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in October, the pre-sale tickets of which go on-sale tomorrow via Songkick followed by general on-sale this Friday 6th March. Date/info below:

Thursday 22nd October – LONDON – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (TICKETS)

This show will follow the summer release of his as-yet-untitled first album for the label. The first taste of its unfettered melodies and charisma can be heard in the forthcoming single ‘Restless Year’ which is streaming here:

The news is the latest chapter in a musical career that redefines slow-burning. Day Of The Dog was already the American’s fifth album; looking back, it seems extraordinary that these early records passed relatively under the radar, given Furman’s inspirational blend of seminal influences, from Fifties skiffle and doo-wop to Sixties garage and the righteous mix of urchin charm, winning melody and caustic humour of Jonathan Richman and The Violent Femmes. But Furman is a true original, equally tapping the godheads of power pop and country blues, with honking saxophone as much a lead instrument as guitar.

Day Of The Dog was dedicated to, “all those who are rejected, abused, destitute, misunderstood, bullied, forsaken, broken-hearted, hopeless, sick, strange, lonely, alienated, widowed or orphaned,” and Furman gives emotionally charged voice to the aforementioned while penning lyrics that jump off the page. The punchy middle-eight of ‘Restless Year’ – “Death is my former employer / Death is my own Tom Sawyer / Death waits for me to destroy her / I never wanna die and I never grow older” – is brilliant testimony to his mixture of outsider-angst and life-affirming energy, which is always reflected in his electrifying stage persona.

Summer 2015 will see the release of Furman’s most fully realised and streamlined record, chock-full of snarling, zestful tunes and invested with the feeling that, this time, people are paying attention. “One of the main things my music is about is feeling totally insane!” Furman concludes. “I feel desperate a lot – desperate to try to explain something, I’m not sure what it is. You can hear it in a lot our songs; that I’m trying to shake people by the shoulders and explain something. And when you feel like that, here’s some music to put on!

A video for ‘Restless Year’ is coming soon along with news of further live shows.

PETER BRODERICK shares ‘Colours Of The Night’ remix

Back in October 2014, PETER BRODERICK invited anyone and everyone to submit a remix of his song Colours Of The Night. The different parts of the song were posted online for whomever to rework into a new piece of music. Remixes came in from different corners of the globe, among them this darkly playful dub mix by E3

A super limited COTN RMXD 7″ will be available in April through Portland, Oregon based record shop and label Beacon Sound, featuring this remix as well as one from Kin;Aesthetic, plus download access to the other remixes submitted. 100 copies, each vinyl a different colour.

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On Monday 27th April PETER BRODERICK will his new album Colours Of The Night, his first full-length for Bella Union in three years. The American born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called “recording residency” in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. Through several memorable concert evenings in the town on various tours, he developed a friendship with some of the locals, who eventually got the idea of inviting Broderick to be a guest of the city for three weeks while recording an album with a backing band of local musicians. All of which was to take place in the studio of Timo Keller, a local producer and engineer known primarily for his involvement in the Swiss hip-hop scene.

Listen to “Red Earth” from the album, below:

Colours Of The Night track listing…

1. Red Earth
2. The Reconnection
3. Colours Of The Night
4. Get On With Your Life
5. If I Sinned
6. Our Best
7. One Way
8. On Time
9. More and More
10. Rotebode