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LISTEN : Slaughter And The Dogs new single ‘Manchester Boys’. It is a great album, but Suede? Indeed, The Psychedelic Furs don’t skip a beat bringing back everything that devotees adore amidst tapping into enough current techniques and mindsets to feel fresh. An interview with Richard Butler (on YouTube) – the artist, the painter, definitively explained his lyric-writing. The Good: Primarily, … Many of these songs will grow in potency in a live setting (if we ever get back to that). Perhaps it was the quality of their initial burst of creativity – their first four albums were released between 1980 and 1984 – that limited their ongoing success? It’s classic Psychedelic Furs: swirling, kaleidoscopic guitars (supplied by Rich Good), layers of sparkling synths (by secret weapon Amanda Kramer) and that fiery interplay between bass and drums. A flight of crows / My insect heart / the ticking veins / this godless dark .. are the first words on side one track one, (following a wolf-like sax howl…) it is very Andrew Eldritch – but remember it was the Furs original guitarist John Ashton who produced the Sisters of Mercy classic Alice. When the Psychedelic Furs first came to New York they came on stage and the crowd was going crazy and pounding on the metal barrier. Official Store His world-wearily sardonic vocals sounded old before their time when he was young; now that his age and voice finally match, they sound remarkably sprightly and powerful. The Furs were British (formed in London in 1977) but are most famous for an American movie, when John Hughes used Pretty In Pink for his film of the same name. It reaches its apex with No-one. Rarely does a classic band come back after so long with this much artistic merit, let alone the ability to recapture the performance quality of their heyday. The band take a slight foray into Joshua Tree-era U2 territory with the shimmering You’ll Be Mine, before switching to a little Achtung Baby groove for the last 90 seconds. After spending nearly two decades as a reliable concert draw playing the old hits to crowds happy to hear them, the Psychedelic Furs decided as the 2010s came to a close that the time was right to record some new music. The Psychedelic Furs @ Royal Festival Hall, London, Festival Review: EFG London Jazz Festival 2020, Cabane: “It was a serious consideration to think about only releasing one single physical copy” – Interview, Preview: Longborough Festival Opera’s Pagliacci, Spotlight: Amy Winehouse – The Collection. It’s been a long time coming and it has been worth every minute of the wait. No-One “The Boy That Invented Rock’n’Roll” and “Don’t Believe” kick off the proceedings with a driving groove and Richard Butler’s characteristic oblique lyrics. The result, Made of Rain, is a luscious, snarky, and thoroughly compelling homecoming that also oozes present-day relevance. Deep, dark and enjoyable. (Don’t expect a Flowers or Pulse.) It’s like standing on a clifftop with the wind in your hair… It’s the Furs equivalent perhaps to the Only Ones song Why Don’t You Kill Yourself? 'Made of Rain' Review: The Psychedelic Furs make a triumphant return after 3 decades with dark and hypnotic LP ‘Made of Rain’ is a luscious, witty, and thoroughly compelling album with incredibly crafted songs that ooze present-day relevance and raw human emotions A smooth brooding rhythm that sways and builds, full of 80’s guitar a la the “The Mission.” A hypnotic keyboard flows thru the song keeping your mind active and engaged. After spending nearly two decades as a reliable concert draw playing the old hits to crowds happy to hear them, the Psychedelic Furs decided as the 2010s came to a close that the time was right to record some new music. For sure, these are some of the catchiest and most ambitious tunes the Furs ever cut. It’s hard to fully put into words how vital and reinvigorated the band sound on these opening songs: the excellent production, by journeyman guitarist and ex-Furs member Richard Fortus, makes the band sound HUGE – the closest parallels would be titanic blackness conjured on albums like The Cure’s Disintegration and David Bowie’s Blackstar. The songs are stately. The utter negativity of the lyricism rides on the grandeur and swirl of the music. album reviews, live music reviews, interviews, features. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock. I hope Made of Rain gets the recognition it deserves. Thanks, what an insightful piece. This is my life in the pandemic! He forms the foundations of music like a merry-go-round: circular and spiralling, rather than having a forward-thrusting momentum – this really is a ‘psychedelic’ Furs- if y’know what I mean.