Ezra Kire

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Performing with Morning Glory at the Knitting Factory in 2010 (Brooklyn, NY).

Ezra Kire (born Ezra Cannon, December 30, 1975) is an American musician with the punk band Morning Glory, and is an ex-member of punk bands Leftöver Crack, Choking Victim and InDK.[1] He currently resides in New York City.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ezra Kire was born on December 30, 1975, in the town of Grand Forks, North Dakota, near the Canada–US border. In his youth his family frequently move across North America, then eventually to Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he attended high school at the Overseas School of Colombo. It was there that he started his first band with friend Derek Dees. In 1990 the two 8th graders played their first show at the school cafeteria, along with another two shows later that year, including the senior prom.[3] After leaving Sri Lanka, Ezra moved to the small Canadian town of Nelson, British Columbia, where he played in the band Dead Faculty. After Ben Millard joined on guitar they played for a few years before Millard and Erza formed Celler Of The Sun, with Dale Butterfield on drums and Ferdy Belland on bass. They recorded two albums before Ezra suffered a mental breakdown and moved to the United States.

Choking Victim & Leftöver Crack[edit]

In 1998 Kire joined the political ska-punk band Choking Victim on lead guitar.[4] After the release of their debut album in 1999, No Gods, No Managers, the members went their separate ways, having broken up during the recording session for the album.[5] During this period Kire formed the band InDK, and began recording music by himself under the moniker Morning Glory.[6] In 2001 he reunited with former Choking Victim bandmate Scott "Stza" Sturgeon, to join his fledgling political ska-punk band Leftöver Crack.[7]

From early on Leftöver Crack experienced a publicized dispute with their record label, Hellcat Records (a subsidiary of Epitaph Records) over censorship regarding their proposed album title Shoot the Kids at School, and its accompanying artwork.[8] On September 11, 2001 Leftöver Crack released their debut album Mediocre Generica. In order to avoid further contractual disputes with the label, the band released their split EP with F-Minus Baby Jesus, Sliced Up In The Manger under the pseudonym The Crack Rock Steady 7 in 2001 with Hell Bent Records.[9] For their second album Fuck World Trade (2004) the bandmoved to Jello Biafra's label Alternative Tentacles, and recorded the album in Chicago with engineer/producer Steve Albini.[10] In addition to this publicized dispute with their label,[7][8] Leftöver Crack attracted considerable attention from the NYPD.[11]

In early 2012 Kire left Leftöver Crack in order to concentrate on Morning Glory,[12] stating that he "wanted to move on and do other things".[13]

InDK & Morning Glory[edit]

Shortly after the break-up of Choking Victim, Kire started the short-lived skate-punk band InDK with other members of the New York punk scene, including ex-Choking Victim drummer Skwert.[14] The band released one EP In Decay in 1999, and one album Kill Whitey!, which was released in 2002 after the band had broken up during its recording sessions.[15]

In early 2001 Kire self-released the Morning Glory EP Tha Suicide Singles although it was recorded and played entirely by himself.[6] The music was a more personal and polished version of Kire's melodic and anthemic song writing.[2] Later that same year the project expanded into a full band and released its first album This is No Time Ta Sleep.[2] The new line-up was made up of JP Otto (Stockyard Stoics) on drums, guitarists Lucky Strano (World Inferno Friendship Society) and Mike Hause (Thulsa Doom), and bassist John John Jesse (Nausea).[16] In 2003 they released the EP The Whole World Is Watching[17] with recording engineer Jesse Cannon at Musformation Studios in Union City, New Jersey.[18] In 2008 they did a brief tour of the West Coast in the United States.

The band resurfaced again in 2010 with a new line-up, including Early Gates on drums, "Metal" Chris on bass, and guitarists Shawn Gardiner and Adam Schrager. In 2012 Morning Glory was signed to Fat Wreck Chords[19] and released their second full-length album Poets Were My Heroes on August 28 of the same year.[20] From late 2012 the band embarked on tours of the Mid West and West Coast of the U.S., and toured the UK and Europe from March to April 2013.[21] They released the album's accompanying single Born To December in May 2013, featuring two unreleased songs Sara Says and Jesus Christ Boogie (O Aneurysm!), as a 7" EP on colored vinyl.[22]

In March 2014 the band released their third album War Psalms (Fat Wreck Chords).[23]

Discography[edit]

Solo

  • Speakers in the Sky (LP) Anxious and Angry, 2017

with Choking Victim

  • No Gods, No Managers (LP) Hellcat Records, 1999.

with InDK

  • In Decay (EP) Tent City Records, 1999.
  • Kill Whitey! (LP) Go-Kart Records, 2002.

with Leftöver Crack

  • Mediocre Generica (LP) Hellcat Records, 2001.
  • Baby Jesus, Sliced Up in The Manger (Split EP with F-Minus) Hell Bent Records, 2001.
  • Fuck World Trade (LP) Alternative Tentacles, 2004.
  • Baby Punchers / Meltdown (Split 7" with Citizen Fish) Fat Wreck Chords, 2006
  • Deadline (Split EP with Citizen Fish) Alternative Tentacles, 2007.

†Released under the name Crack Rock Steady 7

with Morning Glory

  • Tha Suicide Singles (EP) Revolution Rock Records, 2001.
  • This Is No Time Ta Sleep (LP) Revolution Rock Records, 2001.
  • The Whole World Is Watching (EP) Blacknoise Recordings, 2003.
  • Poets Were My Heroes (LP) Fat Wreck Chords, 2012.
  • Born to December (7") Fat Wreck Chords, 2013.
  • Always Alone (Split 7", with Off With Their Heads) Fat Wreck Chords, 2013.
  • War Psalms (LP) Fat Wreck Chords, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Coco Del Mol Diaries — Interview". Coco De Mol. Blogspot. August 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c This Is No Time ta Sleep on Punknews.org. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Ezra Kire". Peops (#3): 26. not available.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Marilee K, ed. (2008). "Interview with Kire & Stza of Choking Victim". Social Cleansing Magazine (1): 47–50. 
  5. ^ "Choking Victim — No Gods, No Managers CD Album". Cduniverse.com. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Morning Glory". Last fm.  (paragraph 2)
  7. ^ a b "Crack Wars — interview with Kire and Stza of Leftöver Crack". Alternative Press Magazine (195): 46. October 2004. 
  8. ^ a b Interview with Leftöver Crack on Punknews.org.
  9. ^ "Crack Rock Steady 7". last.fm. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  10. ^ "Store". Alternative Tentacles. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  11. ^ Graham Rayman (2008-09-17). "The Police and the Punk Band Leftover Crack — Page 1 - News — New York". Village Voice. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  12. ^ "Leftöver Crack". Alternative Tentacles.  (paragraph 4)
  13. ^ "Morning Glory Interview = live photos/vid". 
  14. ^ "Kill Whitey!". InterPunk. 
  15. ^ "InDK". PunkNews.org. 
  16. ^ Juxtapos Magazine mar/apr 2005 issue#55 -interview with John John Jesse pg.30 paragraph 5
  17. ^ The Whole World Is Watching on Punknews.org.
  18. ^ Domenick Tucci John Zaremba Krikor Daglian Martin Frascogna. "The Daily DIY Guide To The New Music Landscape". Musformation. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  19. ^ "FAT signs Morning Glory!". 
  20. ^ http://www.fatwreck.com/news/detail/508
  21. ^ "rumors". 
  22. ^ http://www.punknews.org/article/45915/interviews-ezra-kire-morning-glory
  23. ^ "Morning Glory - War Psalms".