2006 – 2011 (5 years)
Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
- Ezra Furman
Ezra Furman & the Harpoons were formed in 2006 because of songs. Ezra had written songs that were urgent, desperate, pretty, and explosive, and these songs had to be heard. From personal musical sketches to glorious, rollicking pop songs, Ezra Furman & the Harpoons work tirelessly toward capturing the beauty, despair and headlong wildness of life, that too-often overlooked magic and poetry that makes us human. Since their stage debut at Tufts University, in Somerville, Massachusetts, in February 2006, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons have played in rock clubs in a babillion different cities and are now thoroughly homeless, touring the USA and Europe with gusto and charm. In June 2006, they self-released their first album, "Beat Beat Beat", which was recorded in a series of college dorm rooms at Tufts and engineered by Jahn Sood and Dave Kant from Outtake Records. The original version of "Beat Beat Beat" is available on the black, magenta and beige markets.
Since then, the Harpoons signed to Minty Fresh Records, the eminent Chicago indie label, and headed straight to the studio. In January 2007, the Harpoons laid down the tracks for their national debut, with producer Brian Deck (Iron and Wine, Modest Mouse, Josh Ritter). The resultant album, "Banging Down the Doors," is available now in stores, online and at live shows. It is flippin' incredible. And then. The follow-up, "Inside the Human Body," was released in October 2008 and it is so good, so insanely grrratifying and inspiring a record, that it is now internationally legislated as required listening for all legal adults and illegal children. This momentum and general madness, along with the Harpoons' swiftly blossoming rabid following in Europe (for real!), promises great things to come for the band in the next year.
The Harpoons are a wild bunch. So wild and free you forgot to laugh. Bassist Job Mukkada is a singer-songwriter in his own right, but staunchly avoids the limelight because of his citrus allergy. When not drumming for the Harpoons, drummer Adam Abrutyn manufactures and sells fast-acting valor syrup which is typically drizzled over the temples and groin area. He also enjoys watching pancake wars from aboard his hydraulic space-mobile. Lead guitarist Andrew Langer was raised on rock 'n' roll, if you can call Polish sausages rock 'n' roll. Which Andrew believes you can. He is nine feet tall and exudes a pulsating blue aura.
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