It may only be February but I can already tell that Ezra Furman is going to be one my favourite gigs this year. I saw him play a sold-out show at the Brudenell Social Club. It was the first night of his European tour and the first time playing songs from his latest release Transangelic Exodus.
Ezra Furman has a very likeable vulnerability about him. He speaks softly and thanks the crowd for coming with a genuine appreciation, and almost surprise, that people had turned up on a Saturday night to hear him play. His set featured low tempo songs where you can feel the emotion of each word and see it in his body language and raw, pained expression. These were accompanied by upbeat bangers that had the room whole dancing. The crowd was very mixed in age but this did not stop the packed room dancing and singing along together.
He very impressively played for almost 2 hours, with a short break just over an hour in, returning to the stage for an extended encore following loud chants requesting he come back. The setlist consisted of brand new songs such as ‘Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 at Goodwill’, ‘Suck the Blood From My Wounds’ and ‘Love You So Bad’ and old crowd favourites like ‘My Zero’ and ‘Ordinary Life’. There was also a cover of Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’ which felt particularly emotional during the singalong.
Overall, the gig was great and despite being likely knackered after the mega-show, Furman stuck around at the merch stall chatting to fans, takings photos and modestly accepting the praise.
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