Ever hear a song and think “this really shouldn’t work, but it does”? Maybe the singer isn’t the greatest. Maybe the guitar is a little too loud. Maybe the lyrics don’t quite fit rhythmically. But somehow it works. That’s a pretty good description of Ezra Furman and the Harpoons. None of the pieces feel quite right. But the end result is pretty damn good.
Ezra Furman formed The Harpoons in 2006, while they were all attending Tufts University in Boston. They were basically typical college students. Only instead of attending frat parties on the weekends they were playing gigs all over the northeast. It didn’t take long for the guys to record their first album, using various dorm rooms for the sessions. Banging Down the Doors came out in August 2007, and it established the band’s style, a kind of Dylan meets David Byrne thing.
Just a year later they released their followup, Inside the Human Body. It’s a rollicking good time, full of pure energy from the very beginning. Furman and the boys have a knack of crafting catchy songs, and it’s on full display throughout the album.
The album’s opener, “We Should Fight” does a great job setting the tone. It sounds like something you’ve heard before, but you can’t quite place it. It doesn’t sound like it should work at all, but somehow it does.
“The Stakes are High”
Despite being more emotional than “We Should Fight”, “The Stakes are High” still has a ton of energy and manages to pull you along for a ride. The band even channels a little Otis Day and the Knights at the end. Nice!
“Take of Your Sunglasses”
“Kirsten Dunst”, live