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June 2nd 2011 – Ezra Furman & The Harpoons (USA) + The Rifle Volunteer + Soft Arrows

| On 28, Apr 2011

DATE: Thursday 2nd June 2011
DOORS: 8pm
ADM: £6adv/£7doors
AGE LIMIT: Over 18s only
Event: Bird On The Wire presents:
Live acts: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons + The Rifle Volunteer + Soft Arrows
Genre: alt/pop
VENUE: Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ
BUY ONLINE:–the-harpoons-the-windmill/
TEL: 020 8671 0700

Ezra Furman’s music madly swings between wide-eyed sentimentality and brutally truthful accounts of life’s grotesqueries. Forging ahead with Furman’s brazenly rust-tinged croons, the band solders rollicking rockabilly rhythm and love-struck doo-wop sensibility with punk-rock ferocity and immediacy. In a musical alloy as unlikely as it is engaging, Furman finds release for bleeding-heart sensitivity and bloody-knuckled brawls of conscience as he “declares open warfare on jadedness, cynicism and irony.” (Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune).
On April 5th, Ezra Furman & The Harpoons will release their third studio album “Mysterious Power” in April 2011,  Produced by Doug Boehm (French Kicks, Starsailor), the album is their first for Red Parlor Records. Furman & The Harpoons previous work including Banging Down the Doors (2007) and Inside The Human Body garnered wide-spread critical acclaim . The band has toured several times in Europe where they have an amazing fan base boosted by a number of high-profile performances including the prestigious Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain and FM4 Fest in Austria and the (2009) video for Furman’s songTake Off Your Sunglasses became an MTV2 Under-The-Radar hit.

The Rifle Volunteer came together in North London in 2008, recordings quickly followed and they released their debut single ‘End Season’ through Too Pure Singles Club in November 2009.
Since then they have received national radio play through Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and NME Radio as well as playing the SXSW and Offset festivals.
They’re currently three-quarters of the way through a project of releasing 12 singles in 12 months; all of them hand printed, numbered, restricted to a limited number of physical copies and released on their own  Silhouette City label.
File under widescreen pop.

Soft Arrows like to keep it simple. Formed by Russell Eke and Tom Denney, two guys who have grown tiered of hiding behind the walls of keyboards, guitar noise and electronics that have become the staple of their previous bands, Soft Arrows are about focus. The Brighton duo strip away all the sonic frills they used to hide behind and take it back to 1 voice, 1 guitar and 1 drum kit; just 2 people communicating directly through music with nothing else to hide behind. The sound that comes out is pop at it’s most lo-fi, tinted with woozy surf melodies, raw garage twang and the exuberance of two guys who love kicking out some tunes together. Soft Arrows are excited to be Soft Arrows.