The Psychedelic Furs & James @ Observatory North Park

with Dear Boy


Tue Aug 6

The Psychedelic Furs & James @ Observatory North Park

with Dear Boy

Doors: 6:30 pm
Start: 7:30 pm
Age: Ages 18+ Only

The English post-punk & rock bands are joining forces to play the biggest hits from their classic albums!

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2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
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Genre: post-punk / new wave

Ticket Price: $45 advanced & day of show


The Psychedelic Furs

If you were to dissect today’s alternative rock 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 scored major hits with "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and “Heartbreak Beat”in all releasing seven studio albums, spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.

Born out of the post-punk UK rock scene, the Furs quickly developed as one of the premiere bands on US College and Modern Rock radio scoring a multitude of #1 singles.

With the advent of MTV in the early 80’s the band took off into the stratosphere, and when John Hughes’ approached the band with his film built around the Furs’ song “Pretty In Pink”, the band’s legacy was cemented. After a brief hiatus in the 90’s, and a side project called “Love Spit Love", the band regrouped at the dawn of the new millennium.

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).


Extraordinary times call for extraordinary music.

This summer, James are back with new songs forged in these strangest of days.

The Mancunians returned in May with the ‘Better Than That’ EP and they will follow that in August with their 15th studio album, aptly titled ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’. Taken together as shot and chaser they prove James to be as vital, visceral and urgent as ever.

James are one of British indie rock’s most celebrated and enduring bands. Formed in 1982 in Whalley Range, Manchester, their debut ‘Jimone’ EP was released in November the following year on Factory Records and made Morrissey and Johnny Marr into early fans. The band went on to produce a string of huge hits during the next three decades, including ‘Come Home’, ‘Sit Down’, ‘She's a Star’ and ‘Laid’.

The band’s longevity can be attributed to their constant process of renewal and reinvention. Their most recent album, 2016’s ‘Girl at the End of the World’ debuted at number two in the UK album charts. In total, they have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, including their 1998 ‘Best Of’ which was a UK number one and went triple platinum. James’ reputation as a uniquely transcendent live act is well-earned, having headlined festivals from Glastonbury in 1992 to Festival No.6 in 2015.

The new recording sessions were overseen by Mercury Prize-winning producer Charlie Andrew and rising star Beni Giles. The former had come to the band’s attention through his work with alt-J. “When their first record came out I thought the production and the arrangements were just genius,” says singer and lyricist Tim Booth. “So I wrote to Charlie quite early on and told him I wanted to work with him.”

Giles had already been working with the band on creating a new rhythmical approach when Andrew, who won a Brit as producer of the year in 2016, joined the project after being blown away by the band live. “We were definitely trying to capture as much of the live energy as we could,” he says of the recording process. “This album is full of big tunes. Tim and the guys are all very good at writing huge hooks. There’s some really big, energetic tracks and some nice, chilled ones. There’s some monstrous tracks, like ‘Hank’, which is just vast with layers and layers of drums.”

Bassist Jim Glennie was impressed by the impact Andrew and Giles had on the rhythmic sound of the new record. “It wasn’t what I expected,” he says. “We were creating belting, banging layers of rhythm rather than relying on fancy programming. It was us all in a room hitting things. That’s pushed us in a different direction, and live it’s going to be wonderful.”

‘Hank’, which appears on the EP and opens the new record, is further evidence that James have no inclination to shy away from politics. Booth is an Englishman in America, and that particular perspective on Donald Trump’s American carnage couldn’t help but have an impact on the writing of the record. Booth sings of:

Dear Boy

Bitter-sweet alternative rock with roots in both post-punk and 90‘s British guitar pop.

Ben Grey, Austin Hayman, Lucy Lawrence & Keith Cooper.

New record early 2019.

Are from Los Angeles. Have played w/ Peter Murphy.


Dear or die.