Ezra Furman is homeless. His tour van is dirty and his laptop computer holding his “masterpiece” diary was just stolen during his set in NYC. Yet, Furman is a completely content 23-year-old, writing songs for a living and performing with his band and rock-storytellers Ezra Furman & The Harpoons. The mishaps only add flavor to his rock n’ roll journey.
The Harpoons have been on a wild ride, signing a record deal during their Junior year of college at Tufts University in Boston and touring in between class. They remain without permanent sleeping quarters, crashing at the homes of parents and friends in between tours.
“We’ve never had day jobs. We don’t have addresses. We are not supporting ourselves functionally,” says Furman, who has wanted to play in a rock band as long as he can remember.
Since the age of 14, songwriting has been an obsession for Ezra Furman. Before he picked up a guitar, he was creating titles for albums and songs. Writing over one song each week, Furman is known to be a songwriting recluse, writing in complete seclusion.
“I write from the perspective of a guy alone in a room, escaping the world. I’m into the setting of a bedroom. I’ll write in any available bedroom. The human heart is like a bedroom. It’s the place you always come back to.”
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons are opening this Wednesday for Alec Ounsworth (of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) in Madison, Wednesday 2/24, 8 p.m., at The High Noon Saloon. Brett Newski, the author of this article happens to play for The Nod, the other mind-blowing opening band. Tickets can be purchased here.