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Ezra Furman Unveils New Single Lilac And Black

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Tonje Thilesen

Ezra Furman has released a new song.

Lilac and Black is the latest preview of the Chicago singer-songwriter's new album, 'All Of Us Flames', due out on August 26 through Bella Union.

The track offers up the trademark off-kilter mix of indie, rock, folk and punk that Furman is known for. She said:

“I’ve started to think of us trans women as a kind of secret gang, scattered across the world. Or that we could be that. So I wrote this theme song for us, and gave us some gang colors: lilac and black. Unfortunately, being trans usually comes with some kind of threat to one’s well-being or even one’s life. The hostility toward us right now is intense and the stakes are high. This song is an expression of deep solidarity and willingness to defend our lives.Being an inherently peaceful person, I hate to imagine it, but there are times that violent self-defense, or defense of others, is the moral and necessary path. This song is about being ready for that.

“It’s also about how being trans so often feels like a war we never asked for. On top of the seemingly endless social stigma and barriers to our general thriving, various governments have now set in motion a concerted movement to virtually outlaw healthy trans existence. Let it be known: we demand safety, resources and dignity, and we are ready to fight for our lives and the lives of others.”

Furman will return to the UK for performances at Standon Calling later in July, along with Edinburgh International Festival and Green Man Festival in August, followed by a run of North American dates in September. She also has a European and UK tour lined up for the autumn, including a show at London's Roundhouse on November 17. 

Ezra Furman Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu July 21 2022 - VALENCIA ES - Diversity Festival (USA)

Wed August 24 2022 - LEEDS Brudenell Social Club

Mon September 12 2022 - MONTREAL Quebec - La Sala Rosa (Canada)
Tue September 13 2022 - TORONTO Ontario - Rec Room - Toronto (Canada)
Wed September 14 2022 - FERNDALE Michigan - Loving Touch (USA)
Thu September 15 2022 - MILLVALE Pennsylvania - Mr Smalls Theatre (USA)
Sat September 17 2022 - BALTIMORE Maryland - Ottobar (USA)
Sun September 18 2022 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Underground Arts (USA)
Mon September 19 2022 - PROVIDENCE Rhode Island - Fete Music Hall (USA)
Tue September 20 2022 - CAMBRIDGE MA Massachusetts - Sinclair (USA)
Wed September 21 2022 - NEW YORK New York - Webster Hall (USA)
Thu September 22 2022 - DOVER Delaware - Firefly Festival (USA)

Mon October 31 2022 - BRUGES Cactus Club (Belgium)
Tue November 01 2022 - PARIS La Trabendo (France)
Wed November 02 2022 - UTRECHT TivoliVredenburg (Netherlands)
Thu November 03 2022 - HAMBURG Uebel and Gefaehrlich (Germany)
Sat November 05 2022 - COLOGNE Kulturkirche (Germany)
Sun November 06 2022 - BERLIN Festsaal Kreuzberg (Germany)
Mon November 07 2022 - PRAGUE Roxy (Czech Republic)
Tue November 08 2022 - VIENNA Arena Wien (Austria)
Wed November 09 2022 - GRAZ Dom Im Berg (Austria)
Sat November 12 2022 - FRIBOURG Fri Son (Switzerland)
Sun November 13 2022 - MUNICH Freiheitshalle (Germany)
Mon November 14 2022 - FRANKFURT Zoom (Germany)

Wed November 16 2022 - BRIGHTON St George's Church
Thu November 17 2022 - LONDON Roundhouse
Sat November 19 2022 - BIRMINGHAM Mill
Sun November 20 2022 - GLASGOW QMU
Mon November 21 2022 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz

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