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The Psychedelic Furs Live at The Commodore Ballroom

Friday 10th, August 2018 / 14:53
Jamila Pomeroy

Photo by Avrinder Dhillon

Commodore Ballroom
July 28th 2018

It was all Talk Talk Talk about the 80’s; The Psychedelic Furs stuck in a time capsule.

“They don’t come on until 10:30!? But that’s past my bedtime!”- heard coming from the center of the crowd. “I’m going to need a full day to recover from actually leaving my house”- heard from another direction. This, the general consensus of the crowd, at The Psychedelic Furs. One of two things typically happens with older bands- either they evolve with the times, or act as a time portal to their previously conceived dimension: The Psychedelic Furs are lost in the 80’s, and perhaps not in the way we tend to glamourize the era.

Photo by Avrinder Dhillon

The post-punk/new wave band from London got the crowd dancing immediately, but within the first few songs, had younger fans walking towards the bar. What used to be a band representational of the golden post-punk era, has aged to silvery greys, hiding behind sunglasses.

Photo by Avrinder Dhillon

While there were no faults or lackings in the technical musicianship, instrument tones made the performance come off as somewhat gimmick-like. The band, which has had great influence in 80’s pop culture (such as having movies like Pretty in Pink named after their son of the same naming), appeared to try and emulate their 80’s pop culture influence, rather than exposing the true bones of the band.

Photo by Avrinder Dhillon

It’s hard to decipher whether this was noted by older fans, many of which seemed quite intoxicated, while expressing this was their ‘first night out in a very long time’. If anything, the show served as a meeting point for old friends to reminisce about 80’s memories, such as a woman who explained she stole her father’s car, and went out on a bender with friends while listening to the album Talk Talk Talk.