Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Psychedelic Furs & She Wants Revenge

The Psychedelic Furs with special guests She Wants Revenge. Yes! I have been anxiously awaiting this show for months. I saw She Wants Revenge at the House of Blues in 2006 and was lucky enough to see Adam of SWR play a private DJ set, upstairs at Mix; It was one the best nights I’ve ever had! The cherry on top was getting a chance to see the highly influential The Psychedelic Furs.
We arrived just after She Wants Revenge played Red Flags & Long Nights, These Things, and True Romance. They sounded a great as I remember, this time with a drummer, a guitarist, Adam and Justin, with his deep lingering vocals. They played three great new songs, Suck It Up, Maybe She’s Right, and Kiss Me. Justin addressed the audience, “You may remember these two,” and SWR finished strong with Out of Control and Tear You Apart. I was once again so pleased to see She Wants Revenge, only wishing they could have played longer.
After a short break, The Psychedelic Furs opened with Love My Way. I was impressed how many members make up The Psychedelic Furs and how equally voluminous their sound is. The Butler brothers matched the band's lively energy by engaging the audience, dancing about the stage, and singing along.
The Psychedelic Furs transitioned between old and new songs without missing a beat. Songs included Believe, Heartbeat, The Ghost in You, Like a Stranger, So Run Down, President Gas, In My Head, Sister Europe, She Is Mine, Heaven, All of This and Nothing, and wrapped up with their infectious Pretty in Pink. After a few minutes of cheering and clapping, the Furs returned for an encore, playing two new songs which I did not recognize.
Both SWR and The Psychedelic Furs played downbeat new-wave grooves that kept the audience dancing and singing all night. Although the crowd was small, there was much applause between tracks and by the looks of all the smiling faces, you could tell everyone was a fan. Neither one of us knew what to expect from The Psychedelic Furs and were completely taken aback by how great they were. If you are into new-wave, both She Wants Revenge and The Psychedelic Furs are a must see!

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