Chicago, IL

EZRA FURMAN

Born in Chicago in September 1986, Ezra Furman is everyone’s favorite bisexual, Jewish, depressive, genderfluid rock star.

Furman formed Ezra Furman and The Harpoons with bassist Job Mukkada in 2006 while studying at Tufts University. With The Harpoons, Furman released three albums: their 2007 debut, Banging Down the Doors; 2008’s Inside the Human Body; and Mysterious Power, their last album, released in 2011.

After touring Mysterious Power, Furman went solo and recorded his first album without a band, 2012’s The Year of No Returning. Self-released and recorded in his attic, it was paid for thanks to a crowdfunding initiative on Kickstarter. The album was produced by Tim Sandusky, who would later go on to play saxophone in Furman’s second touring band, Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends.

Backed by The Boy-Friends, Furman released Day of the Dog on Bar/None records in 2013. As with many of his projects, the album was met with critical acclaim, if limited exposure, though did help to establish his reputation in the UK.

Furman’s latest solo release, 2015’s Perpetual Motion People, was similarly well-received critically and also signaled something of an upturn in his commercial fortunes, peaking at #23 in the UK album chart.