Ezra puts his beliefs in motion

INDIE rock star Ezra Furman, pictured above, confronts his religious beliefs and his hedonistic lifestyle on his latest album.

Perpectual Motion People, released on Bella Union next Friday, sees the 28-year-old American speak openly about his life.

The bisexual star received his first guitar as a barmitzvah present from his parent.

Ezra and his three siblings attended a private Jewish day school, but weren't overly religious.

When he was 14, the music-loving teenager was moved to a regular high school.

He started to get more interested in Judaism after befriending an older Orthodox boy.

Ezra wanted to attend yeshiva in Israel after high school, but his parents discouraged him.

At Tufts University, Massachussetts, he formed Ezra Furman and The Harpoons, releasing four albums before Ezra went solo.

Perpetual Motion People is his third solo album.

Last year, he told The Guardian: "This is the first tour I haven't been playing Friday-night shows.

"This has been the big conflict of being a musician; both my musical and spiritual lives are dependent on Friday nights.

"My mother converted to Judaism from Catholicism, and her parents told her, 'If you're going to be a Jew, be a good Jew'. So they didn't want us to half-ass it either, and I'm the one who's most kept it up."

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