• Sven Togni

Albums | Psychedelic Furs, Made of Rain


Er zijn comeback en dan zijn er COMEBACKS. Bijna 30 jaar hoorden we niets van de Furs, buiten her en der een uitverkocht optreden. De broers Richard en Tim Butler maakten in 1981 een eerste hit met Pretty In Pink, het nummer dat later een tweede leven ging leiden door de gelijknamige film van John Hughes in 1986. Na het laatste album in 1991 gingen de broers een andere weg op met de band Love Splits Love tot de twee andere band leden van die band Guns N' Roses vervoegden. Sinds 2000 bestond The Furs terug, maar wel enkel als touring band... tot vandaag.

Nu is er dus Made of Rain, een album dat direct aanvoelt als een Furs album door de unieke stem van Richard, maar ook de sound is nog steeds jaren '80 Psychedelic Furs met hier en daar een hedendaagse toevoeging. De saxofoon van Mars Williams is essentieel in de klank van de Furs en dus ook in de songs van dit album. Geen wonder dat een label als Cooking Vinyl interesse had in dit album en Tim Palmer achter de knoppen zette, die we kennen van niemand minder dan David Bowie en U2.

Genieten doen we zeker bij tracks als The Boy Who Invented Rock & Roll, wat een opener, Wrong Train en No One. Die laatste zou zo op hun beste album Talk Talk Talk uit '81 kunnen geschitterd hebben.


releasedatum: 31 juli 2020

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Led by vocal and lyrical genius Richard Butler with his brother Tim on bass, The Psychedelic Furs released seven critically acclaimed studio albums – ‘The Psychedelic Furs” (1980), ‘Talk Talk Talk’ (1981),  ‘Forever Now’ (1982), ‘Mirror Moves’ (1984), Midnight To Midnight’ (1987), ‘Book Of Days’ (1989) and ‘World Outside’ (1991). They released many classic singles throughout the ’80’s and into the 90’s, including: ‘Sister Europe,’ ‘Love My Way,’ ‘The Ghost In You,’ ’ Pretty In Pink,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Heartbreak Beat,’ ’All That Money Wants’ and ‘Until She Comes.’

In recent years the band have toured continually completing a tour of North America in 2019 and played acclaimed shows at The Hollywood Bowl, All Points East, Hyde Park and Benicàssim. A celebrated handful of UK shows including headlining the prestigious Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall at Robert Smith of The Cure’s request. This past October, the band played a sold-out tour of the UK and Europe which culminated in a triumphant show at the Roundhouse in London.

The last few years has seen the band’s legend growing, highlighted by the fact they have scored over 150 million streams of their songs worldwide. Their influence since arriving on the post-punk scorched-earth landscape four decades ago has reverberated and resonated from everyone from The Killers to REM to Foo Fighters to Bob Dylan has sung their praises.“I’m aware of the fact that people cite us an influence”, says Richard, “though I don’t often recognise it in their music. It’s gratifying of course, as it is that there’s still an interested and enthusiastic audience for us. That’s an honour.”

Many moons after Pretty In Pink (sort of) inspired that John Hughes movie, Love My Way has featured in Oscar-winning film Call Me By Your Name and The Ghost In You in sci-fi smash Stranger Things showing that The Psychedelic Furs are sounding stronger than ever. As anyone who’s seen the band lately knows, Butler remains one of the most watchable frontmen in the game.

Richard Butler – Vocals / Tim Butler – Bass / Mars Williams – Saxophone / Paul Garisto Drums / Amanda Kramer – Keyboards / Rich Good – Guitar.

“The Furs – were as dark and driving as the first time I saw them in New York, in 1980, but with more greatest hits. Singer Richard Butler prowled the stage with a limber menace and that scoured-Bowie signature in his voice.” Rolling Stone

“A seamless six-piece creating a dense wall of noise… looks and sounds tremendous” 

The Guardian ★★★★

“By the time they hit their groove the Festival Hall resembled a student disco.’

The Times ★★★★

“The English sextet’s swooning New Wave sound has influenced a legion of bands, from Echo & the Bunnymen to the Waterboys and the National.” The Independent ★★★★

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