LIVE REVIEW: The Psychedelic Furs @ O2 Academy, Newcastle (09.10.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Having toured constantly for the past three years, The Psychedelic Furs finally arrive back in Newcastle. With the promise of a new album early next year, there is a renewed vigour within. Sauntering onto the stage, they waste little time in getting stuck into an impressive set which spans their back catalogue, tracks like Dumb Waiters, There’s A World Outside and The Ghost In You all featuring early on.

Richard Butler is a true livewire, bounding around the stage his brother Tim in a similarly exuberant mood. However, the opening tracks are merely a warm up as the band begin to hit their stride and Heaven sends this hugely appreciative crowd into a frenzy. The only track tonight from the band’s new album is The Boy That Invented Rock And Roll, with a new more powerful sound.

There is an angst that runs through it, Butler exclaims he is the “boy who invented rock and roll” repeatedly, augmented by blasts of sax. Fuelling the fire and anticipation around the new album, but The Psychedelic Furs go on to finish the set in emphatic fashion with Pretty In Pink and Heartbreak Beat. With an encore of India, this exceptional set finishes on an exquisite crescendo. The Psychedelic Furs are a force to be reckoned with and will no doubt continue to refute ‘heritage’ tag they’ve been labeled with.


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