Ezra Furman Shares Two New Singles, “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend” &“Evening Prayer”

With his highly anticipated new album, Twelve Nudes, due August 30th via Bella Union, Erza Furman has shared two new tracks from the LP.  For Furman, new single “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend” “Is a romantic song of transgender longing. It’s another entry in my series of ‘I Wanna’ songs (in the tradition of the Ramones). I thought it was time we had an ‘Earth Angel’ for the queers. Of course, because it’s an Ezra Furman tune, there’s a little bit of desperation, religion, and body-talk.”.  It comes with a brilliant video directed by Alix Spence, who shared that “Listening to the song and speaking with Ezra, I saw our two dancers, Brandon Mathis, and Jobel Medina, as physical manifestations of internal suffering. I wanted to literally have us wrestle with ourselves and the complexities of our personal struggles.

Of the additional single “Evening Prayer”, Furman states, “It’s our rallying cry. We music fans go to shows for transcendence; it’s like being called to prayer. But as Abraham Heschel said, ‘Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, and falsehood.’ I want all our fans to become activists. We punk fans have so much energy to give to the fight against injustice, i.e. the abuse of the poor by the rich, i.e. climate change. So this is one to get you in the mood.”