Ezra Furman, Chris McFarland, Jungle Fires

Ezra Furman started writing songs. Then he broke up with his longtime sweetie and formed a blistering rock and roll band called Ezra Furman & the Harpoons. They made albums: Banging Down the Doors (2007), Inside the Human Body (2008), Moon Face (2009), Mysterious Power (2011). And they played some really great shows. They even became popular overseas.

Then Ezra went solo. He holed up in the attic and made The Year of No Returning, released it in 2012. Right now he is one of the best songwriters around. He rocks, he connects, he haunts and he kills. He plays fantastic shows all over the place. He's one of our finest rocknroll fools, heart open wide and fangs bared. Keep your eyes peeled, ladies and gents, because he's far from finished.

Chris McFarland

Since his first release in the late 90’s, Brooklyn by way of Austin-based songwriter Chris McFarland and his “angry folk” style has been a constant force that has consistently earned him notice and praise from his peers and captivated heartsick audiences for more than a decade.



Whether solo, or with backing musicians, the stories in McFarland songs possess an intimate quality that has earned him a place on stages with Neko Case, Bright Eyes, Granddaddy, Rainer Maria, Britt Daniel of Spoon and The Dirty Three just to name a few.

A true road warrior, McFarland can be found crisscrossing the United States several months of the year, wearing down his late-model Martin acoustic with his ceremonial self-eviscerations.

Summer 2012 will see the release of McFarland’s sixth collection of songs, the “Beauty and Undertow” EP on August 21st, the realization of a long-held dream to reunite the members of groundbreaking emo group Rainer Maria for the first time since that band’s break up in late 2006.

“Kyle (Fischer, Rainer Maria guitarist) and I have been best friends for the last 23 years,” says McFarland. Bill (Kuehn,Rainer Maria drummer) has been one of my favorite drummers for many years and Caithlin (De Marrais, Rainer Maria vocalist) was on my last EP. When it came time to plan this new record, I just had to approach them all about being on it with me.”

The new EP is McFarland at his best, pouring out his frustration and anger on one song and waxing poetic on the next. It’s an urgent set of tunes that haunt, haunt, haunt – intense and out on the edge.

“McFarland’s particular talent is to access his anger as a means to exorcise his anger, a process that puts the proverbial silver lining into some of the storm clouds of sound he cranks out,” says Synthesis.net.

Chris McFarland’s latest EP “Beauty and Undertow” will be released on August 21st via the End Up label. The first single“Wild Abandon” is streaming now.

Discography:

Distance for Departure (1999)
As If To Lay To Rest (2001)
Three From Given EP (2003)
Given (2004)
The Unraveling EP (2009)
Beauty and Undertow (2012)

Jungle Fires

This is no story of love nor lust, not a tale of romance nor fatal attraction. Manasseh and Kéren were at the same place at the same time.
JUNGLE FIRES was born on an early morning in March at 3:49 AM. The two soon-to-be bandmates had written their first song, "Hold"entirely by accident. From the late eve to the wee morn Kéren and Manasseh poured out through their fingers on strings and away past their vocal folds as a faulty fire hydrant vigorously spews out water with no end.
Manasseh did not bend down on one knee when he asked Kéren to be in a band, but she had experienced similarly to that, flutters in her heart and an envisioned bright future. JUNGLE FIRES.

After having released their acoustic video of "Hold",
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN3NAlrJLVk
JUNGLE FIRES began playing their music as a duo as well as with various brilliant band members with overwhelming response.

Last Spring, a dear and enormously talented friend of theirs, Brian Wertheim began to work with JUNGLE FIRES on their first record in Malibu, CA (To be released late Summer 2013). Neither Brian nor Kéren nor Manasseh had any idea what to expect of the new endeavor, but they soon learned that past the book cover were many, many dense pages to explore. While JUNGLE FIRES grew in their creativity and into their unique sound, the album process came to be one of the most exciting things they have ever done in their lives. The project then bounced to NYC, then to Boston, then to somewhere quiet in Pennsylvania, then back to Malibu, and finally, is in the process of being mixed in Brooklyn. They can hardly wait.

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Saturday, June 29 · Doors 8:00 PM at The Rock Shop