Published Sep 10, 2007Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger, better known as the Fiery Furnaces, are currently working on a ballet based on "American event social gestures." The sibling duo - whose fifth full-length, Widow City, will be released by Thrill Jockey on October 9 - have begun writing the piece, which aims to follow a "rock'n'roll theme." The kicker is that they will incorporate sign language-based dancing. In a statement, Matthew explained the project, saying they will focus on "the 'we're number one' finger and the heavy metal horn-sign and, most importantly, the hand-dancing in Indonesian and Pakistani pop music videos." Well then, that makes it crystal clear (pun intended).
In other news, Pitchfork is reporting that Widow City is not the only album the Fiery Furnaces have on the horizon. The pair have written another album called Back to Begamo, which Matthew said, contains Eleanor's "selection of her favorite 'arias' of mine." Of course.
The Fiery Furnaces bring their always unpredictable, ever-changing live show to Canada in October for a show in Vancouver at Richard's On Richards on the 15th.
The Fiery Furnaces "Tropical Ice-land"