Ezra Furman, Happyness (UK)

Kickstand Productions Presents!

Ezra Furman

Happyness (UK)

Swearwords

Wed, April 8, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Subterranean

$12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 17 and over

Ezra Furman
Ezra Furman
Chicagoan Ezra Furman’s second solo album ‘Day Of The Dog’ has finally gained him the attention that he deserves. Two BBC 6 Music sessions with Marc Riley and Marc’s enthusiastic support have helped spread the word.

Extensive touring with his band the Boy Friends in the UK and Europe in 2014 has built up a dedicated live following and a growing reputation as one of the most exciting live acts around. Ezra’s emotional honesty, howling intensity, frailty and humour combined with the bands honking rock’n’roll have proved irresistible.

‘Ezra Furman has made an album of classicist rock’n’roll that never feels like an exercise, but a living, breathing piece of self expression.’ The Guardian

‘Where has Ezra Furman been hiding? A bratty, ragged take on New York Dolls, Spector-era Ramones and E Street Band carnival rock. An unexpected gem.’ 8/10 NME

“Ezra Furman has made an album of classicist rock’n‘roll that never feels like an exercise, but a living, breathing piece of self-expression.” The Guardian
Happyness (UK)
Happyness (UK)
Happyness release their self-produced debut album - “Weird Little Birthday” – in June. The album follows their eponymous debut EP released at the beginning of this year, to great critical acclaim. The album is not quite a concept album about a boy who shares his birthday with Jesus Christ and eventually is driven insane with jealousy. It was largely recorded in the band’s own Jelly Boy Studios, after a brief session recording first track “Baby, Jesus (Jelly Boy)” in an abandoned church was cut short by the bitter cold and an unconvinced congregation of the dead. The record was mixed by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Daniel Johnston) and features Ed Harcourt with vocals on “Pumpkin Noir”.

The EP drew comparisons with bands synonymous with college slacker rock – the album, while putting the band at the forefront of, wait for it, ‘jangle-gaze’ displays a more melancholic, introspective nature. The youthful exuberance of “It’s On You” is still there, but the album expands on that sound, as if dealing with the morning after as well as the night before, and how, alas, not everything can invoke a dream house party soundtracked by Pavement.

"Weird Little Birthday" is out June 16th On Weird Smiling. Happyness are currently touring the UK with plans to come to the US later this year.
Swearwords
Swearwords
Songs about soaring and sinking in the American Middle West. As seen from space.
Venue Information:
Subterranean
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Chicago, IL, 60647
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