While we impatiently await a formal announcement regarding Ezra Furman’s forthcoming new studio album, we can’t look away from the jarring, Joseph Brett directed and Daniel Lefkowitz produced video for his latest single “Driving Down To L.A.” Presumably set to appear on the full-length follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed LP Perpetual Motion People, the new track follows the Oakland-based singer-songwriter’s pair of 2016 EPs Songs by Others and Big Fugitive Life.
Dedicated to Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was tragically killed while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, the video finds Furman and his angel ally fleeing from neo-Nazis by car.
“It is terrible to watch America's white supremacist roots flourish like this again, not to mention the accompanying misogyny, queerphobia and anti-Semitism,” Furman laments in an official statement. “I intend this song, video and my entire career as a protest against those attitudes. This video is about how fear turns to violence. I hope it goes without saying that I don't advocate shooting a gun into a car full of people, whether they are enraged white supremacists or not. The video is a fantasy and a nightmare. I think it matches the cultural nightmare we are now living through, one from which I pray we can soon wake up.”