Bostons Ezra Furman & the Harpoons mark their first anniversary with a summer tour that stops at Wilberts tonight. The 20-year-old frontman says it all started when his parents gave him a guitar as a bar mitzvah gift seven years ago. He taught himself a few chords so he could play along with his favorite Green Day, Clash, and Ramones CDs. But Furman credits his moms worn copy of Bob Dylans Blonde on Blonde for shaping the bulk of his songwriting. It blew my mind, he says. Its got nuance. Theres personality in each of the notes.
Carrying a suitcase stuffed with original tunes about teenage angst, Furman left his native Chicago three years ago to major in English at Bostons Tufts University. He took along copies of short stories by Jack Kerouac and Flannery OConnor for inspiration. Last year, he and three dorm-mates played their first gig at a Boston club -- where Furman unleashed a fresh set of Dylan-inspired tunes that offer blistering critiques of an unstable world. They form the core of the bands debut album, Banging Down the Doors. I ran away from home in a metaphorical kind of way, he says. I realized how sick and fucked-up things were. I guess Im protesting a jadedness and a hardness in people. Theres too much ugliness, and it makes me nauseous. The songs are the vomit.
Fri., July 13, 9:30 p.m.
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