The Psychedelic Furs Take On Charleston

On the warm fall night of Nov. 8, the Music Farm, Charleston’s premier up-close-and-personal concert venue, hosted one of the most classic alternative rock bands of the 1970sThe Psychedelic Furs.

Richard Butler

Richard Butler sings the last few lines of “Love My Way”. Photo by Gabi Loue

The Psychedelic Furs were a product of the alternative rock craze sweeping the music scene in the 1980s and 90s. Many modern alternative bands can attribute their hard-hitting lyrics and eclectic rhythms to the stylistic precedent of the Furs. The band’s first album, self-titled “The Psychedelic Furs,” quickly became a Top 20 hit in the UK. From then on their musical stylings were heard around the world, a success that eventually led them to the Music Farm in Charleston, SC.

Amidst the screaming and applauding of the crowd, Richard Butler’s raspy voice began “Heartbeat,” the opening number of what was set to be a rejuvenating and fun concert. One of the most striking things about seeing this band live was Mars Williams’ expert styling of the saxophone. His indescribable energy and epic solos made the whole crowd go wild (after they quieted to hear him play). He would get so close to the crowd that I could touch his instrument, making it clear the crowd’s energy was feeding his own.

The same was true of Rich Good on the guitar and Tim Butler on the bass, who

Rich Good

Rich Good on the bass. Photo by Gabi Loue.

didn’t stop interacting with the crowd even with their fingers moving a mile a minute. The pink and blue lights set the rockers aglow, giving an otherworldly look to the stage and packed audience.

The highlight of the night had to be when the opening notes of “Love My Way” played, and immediately the crowd began singing along at the top of their lungs. The musicians themselves knew the power of this song as they brought renewed energy to the middle of their set. Plus, it’s personally my favorite song, and if you’ve seen the movie “Call Me By Your Name,” it’s probably yours too.

Though the show ended on a rather disappointing encore, the night was one of energy, dance and general excitement. With expert beats of the drum and fantastic talent on stage, their concert is one I would see again. They may be an older band, but don’t let that deter you, because the show can still feel young.

“Love my way, It’s a new road/I follow where my mind goes…”

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Gabi Loue is a freshman double major in English and International Studies, with a focus on International Comparative Literature, from Wilmington, North Carolina. She likes reading, sunrises, and singing way too many Disney songs at the top of her lungs.

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