Twenty year-old Chicago native Ezra Furman has been writing songs ever since he received a guitar as a Bar Mitzvah gift. Since then, he's been recording as a lo-fi, confrontational, and often challenging singer-songwriter. "Hello. This song is called 'Mother's Day,'" he chants at the beginning of his new album, Banging Down the Doors. "It's about a whore I knew in Chicago. Here it goes!"
Banging Down the Doors was produced by Brian Deck of Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine fame. Deck's approach to Furman successfully mixes Isaac Brock's disgruntled, pungent vocals, and Sam Beam's bare-bones instrumentation.
"I Wanna Be A Sheep" is the most Dylan-sounding song on the album. But lyrics like "everything that you've done / you can never undo / so I know that it's useless / to try to be new" playfully acknowledges and confronts criticism to similarities. Furman is a great young voice emitting sarcastic and clever Midwestern angst with a lot of intelligence and a lot of heart.