Almost one year ago, we first discovered Ezra Furman and The Harpoons, digging their music so much we instantly featured them in our On The Cover series here on The Tripwire. Quite a bit has happened since then, as the dudes have graduated college and wrapped up their sophomore album, Inside The Human Body. Furman sent over an update about the band's latest developments, which you can read below. Also, make sure you snag our MP3 download for the new track "We Should Fight."
MP3 Download - "We Should Fight"
Our first album, Banging Down the Doors, was made in an achingly honest and enthusiastic spirit. You can listen to it and hear that it is the work of twenty-year-olds full of all the fire, emotion and joy that rock n roll music should have. We were frantic to enter the music world and show all that we could be. I played the acoustic guitar with raw aggression and the band used their collective musical genius to turn my songs into great full-band pieces with real power. We were emotional, confessional, playful, angry and poetic. And people liked it.
Now we've graduated college and just finished our second album, entitled INSIDE THE HUMAN BODY, and it is really a big step forward. When our guitar player Jahn left the band several months ago, we were worried we wouldn't be able to be the same band we once were. It turned out we were right: we evolved into a new Harpoons with a new approach. I put down the acoustic and picked up an electric guitar. Sometimes when you lose something you rely on, such as our fourth band member, you find out what you're really made of. I now believe our band can do anything. Everything got intensified: the angry songs are angrier, the tender songs more tender, the happy songs happier, the sad songs sadder.
The last record had a song called "My Soul Has Escaped From My Body." I feel that every song on this record could have that title. The album is about your soul busting outta your chest--how our humanity cannot be suppressed, and how that which inside cannot be kept inside. That's how I've always felt about being human.
We present to you, then, our new record about being a human being, even when the world tries to turn you into a monster. I really hope you like these songs about the secret things that wait inside us to be released, and about the triumph of the human spirit. We gave it all we've got.