The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs

If you were to dissect the alternative rock dominating today’s music, you’ll find that much of it pays
homage to The Psychedelic Furs. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler, and his bass-wielding
brother Tim, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and
melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. Through it all, the band scored major hits with
"Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and “Heartbreak Beat” in all releasing
seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.
The Furs debut, a self-titled album from 1980 was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The LP quickly
established the band at radio in Europe and was a top 20 hit in the UK. The album also found success in
Germany, Italy, France, Spain, New Zealand and Australia.
The Furs found success in the U.S. with their next release, 1981's Talk Talk Talk, which saw the band
making its debut on the US album charts. In New Zealand, meanwhile, the band grew immensely
popular, as it reached the top of the charts, the first in a string of Furs' albums to chart in the New
Zealand Top 10.
In the UK, the album spun off two charting singles, "Dumb Waiters" and the original version of "Pretty in
Pink". The latter song served as inspiration for the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name, and was rerecorded
for the film’s platinum-selling soundtrack.
In 1982, the Furs recorded Forever Now, with producer Todd Rundgren in Woodstock, New York. This
album included "Love My Way", which became yet another UK and US chart hit.
The Furs' 1984 release Mirror Moves was produced by Keith Forsey, and featured the songs "The Ghost
in You" and "Heaven". Both charted in throughout the world, and "Heaven" became the band's highest
charting UK hit at the time. Also, "The Ghost In You" was a smash single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
By the mid-80s, the band had become a staple on both U.S. college and modern rock radio stations.
Simultaneously, they were experiencing consistent mainstream success, placing several singles in the
pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
In 1986, the band recorded a sax-infused version of "Pretty in Pink" for the soundtrack of the film of the
same name. Released as a single, it became their biggest hit to that time in the U.S., and their biggestever
UK hit. On the heels of the successful soundtrack, the ban immediately recorded “ Midnight to
Midnight”, their biggest Top 40 success to date, but also a more overtly commercial effort than the Furs
had ever recorded before. The album featured the single "Heartbreak Beat", which became the
Psychedelic Furs biggest hit on the U.S. Top 40. The album also featured drummer Paul Garisto and sax
player Mars Williams, both of whom continue to tour with the band.
In the wake of Midnight To Midnight, the Furs found themselves ill at ease with their new commercial
direction, and subsequently returned to a rawer sound with "All That Money Wants", a 1988 track
especially recorded for a best-of compilation album "All Of This And Nothing". 1989's Book of Days and
1991's World Outside also saw a return to the earlier Furs' style.
The Furs' steady chart success continued with three #1 hits on the newly-established U.S. Modern Rock
chart between 1988 and 1991. "All That Money Wants" was a #1 hit in 1988, while "House" topped the
chart in 1990, and "Until She Comes" was #1 in 1991.
The band went on extended hiatus in the early 1990s, with the Butler brothers going on to create the
band “Love Spit Love” along with urrent Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank
Ferrer. Love Spit Love released two albums and enjoyed some chart success as well.
After spending most of the decade apart, the Butlers reignited The Psychedelic Furs in 2000, and
released a live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live, which also featured a new studio recording,
"Alive (For Once In My Lifetime)." Since then, lead singer Richard Butler has released an eponymous solo
album produced by Jon Carin, and has hinted at the possibility of a new Psychedelic Furs album.

Currently, the band continues to tour around the world. The Psychedelic Furs touring lineup remains
Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda
Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).

My Jerusalem

“Nobody ever paid money to see Harry Houdini escape being buried alive” says My Jerusalem founder and singer Jeff Klein. “They wanted the small chance of seeing him killed by the weight of the earth on top of him.”

Behold the concept behind Preachers, the second full-length release from Austin’s My Jerusalem. From the opening piano of the haunting title track, to the unexpected pummeling guitar and drums on closer “I Left My Conscience In You”, Preachers leads the listener on a cinematic journey through a reckless, jagged landscape of Raymond Carver-esque stories, fueled by Klein’s persuasive baritone, ominous guitars, dream-like keyboards and a deep rhythmic pulse.

Recorded in under three weeks by Spoon drummer Jim Eno (Heartless Bastards, Polica, Black Joe Lewis) at his Public Hi-Fi studio, Preachers is the first My Jerusalem album genuinely made by a band, not just performed by a group of musicians. Pushing aside hard drives and laptops to make way for analog tape machines and vintage keyboards, what Klein describes as the “Post-Modern Southern Gothic Soul” sounds of Preachers were born from organic, live performances Eno carefully captured and tweaked.

Preachers is the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed debut, Gone For Good, an album that earned the band performances on BBC Radio 6 and Daytrotter, as well as notices from NPR’s All Songs Considered, AOL/Spinner’s Song of the Day, and the iTunes Weekly Rewind. Along with European festival appearances at the Frequency Festival, Musikfestwochen, and Rock Im Saal, the band toured and played shows with a eclectic set of bands including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Har Mar Superstar, Avett Brothers, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and White Arrows.

Buoyed by the success of Gone For Good, Preachers showcases a band headed into the studio with a renewed focus and confidence. Preachers contains equal parts swagger (the swampy gospel of title track “Preachers”, the strutting intensity of “Born In The Belly”) and groove (the spooky beauty of “Shatter Together”, the crescendoing, feral drive of “Devoe”, the infectious crooner “Mono”); as much primal (“Death Valley”) as it is humane (“Chameleon”).

“It’s a darker record,” says Klein, who, before forming My Jerusalem in 2010, made 3 records under his own name. “So much had changed since Gone For Good. We’d all kind of been through hell and back again in different ways, and this was the natural artistic result of all of that. But I think it’s a beautiful, comforting darkness. It’s real, but not selfish.”

“We finally have a shared collective vibe,” adds guitarist/keyboardist Jon Merz, “I believe it’s more representative of what our live shows sound like. This time around, Jeff would bring us song ideas and we would add our own perspectives to it.”

The five-piece, which also features multi-instrumentalist Michael St. Clair, drummer Grant Van Amburgh, and bassist Geena Spigarelli, also had the opportunity to road-test much of the new material before recording, during their extensive touring behind Gone For Good. It was a luxury they didn’t have the first time around.

“Working out the kinks live before recording them makes a big difference,” reflects Klein, “They get a chance to breathe and grow before committing them to the world permanently. Because of that process, some songs, like ‘Death Valley,’ sound nothing like their early version. We’re excited to take them on the road and see how they evolve even further.”

Equal parts sweet, morbid, strange, and sincere, Preachers is an experience that could convert the most steadfast of non-believers.

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The Psychedelic Furs with My Jerusalem

Saturday, June 8 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Gothic Theatre