The Psychedelic

Furs Bring

The '80s To

The Kent Stage

August 14, 2018

British new wave band, The Psychedelic Furs played a killer show at The Kent Stage on Sunday night.  

The London-based band first hit the scene with their self-titled debut album that was released in 1980.  They gained international recognition with the release of 1982's Forever Now and the single "Love My Way" which was in heavy rotation in the early days of MTV.

Founding members, Richard (vocals) and Tim (bass) Butler are backed by outstanding musicians.  Paul Garisto (drums), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), Rich Good (guitar) and Mars Williams (saxophone) perfectly recreate the the songs note for note and Richard Butler's voice sounds exactly as it did in the '80s.


The sextet kicked off the show with "Heartbeat" which brought the crowd to its feet.  The fans remained standing, with many of them dancing in the aisles, for the remainder of the show.


"The Ghost In You," a song that was recently on the Stranger Things soundtrack got a big response from the audience. 

Although Butler didn't say much to the crowd besides the occasional "Thank you," he was very animated and expressive on stage.  Williams was having a great time on stage, wailing on his sax and bounding across the stage throughout the set.

"Heartbreak Beat," "President Gas," "Love My Way" and the set closing "Heaven" sounded perfect.

The band encored with their biggest single "Pretty In Pink" and ended the show with "India."

Newcomer, Liz Brasher played a very impressive set to open the show.  The North Carolina native produces a very '60s fuzzy tone from her Gibson SG.  She also has a very soulful voice when she and her band mates aren't playing instrumentals.  Be on the lookout for this new artist.  

Photos and review by Greg Drugan

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