Psychedelic Furs: Wrong Train – amazing new video and revised UK tour dates in September and October this year.
When the Furs released Made of Rain back in July 2020, in the LTW review I called it ‘a contemporary rock album with depth and an emotional pull which few bands can achieve’. It was many peoples Album of The Year and a career best for the veteran but statesman-like band.
The anticipation for the UK live dates was huge because tracks had been released one by one from February 2020 onwards. Don’t Believe was majestic, You’ll Be Mine was imperial, and No One was the ‘melancholic nihilism personified. The dates including the prestigious Royal Albert Hall show have been twice postponed now. Fingers crossed for third-time lucky in late September 2021. The Furs are always a great proposition live and the promised Made of Rain songs live will be phenomenal.
Arguably the most immediate song on the LP and possibly the most commercial is Wrong Train. I loved it from the first time I heard it and it made me cry. An old friend was enduring a painful break up and key lines resonated so strongly. (Although the possibly metaphorical train was in reality due to South West Trains being useless bastards.)
The Psychedelic Furs are delighted to reveal the new video for Wrong Train directed by award winning artist, photographer and filmmaker Hans Neleman.
Here it is – and it’s absolutely stunning. Very arty, extremely stylish and totally cool. And I really must seek out some Richard Butler style frames next time I go to Specsavers.
Richard Butler: “‘Wrong Train’ continues the black and white textured, mysterious feel of the previous videos from ‘Made Of Rain’. It was a pleasure working along with Hans Neleman on this project. The creativity Hans, Peter Sebastian and their team brought shows in every frame. Much like in paintings, imagery in this video is altered to where it is seen in an entirely different way.”
For the video Neleman drew inspiration from Furs’ frontman Richard Butler’s paintings. “Wrong Train explores the theme of a disintegrating relationship and the idea was to deliver something rooted in a more abstract realm rather than illustrating the lyrics literally. I photographed and filmed Richard while painting his face as if he were delivering an art performance” Neleman says. Restricted by Covid-19 the video was made in Neleman’s home-studio and includes shots in Middletown, New York, and Michelson Studio. After the shoot the photographic material was handed over and digitally manipulated by Peter Sebastian.
The Psychedelic Furs play seven rescheduled UK shows during September and October as part of the European leg of the Made Of Rain Tour.:
27th Bristol O2 Academy **
28th Nottingham Rock City **
29th Glasgow SWG3 **
1st Manchester Academy 2 **
2nd Liverpool Academy **
3rd London Royal Albert Hall *
5th Cambridge Junction **
* Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart
** Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls
All words Ged Babey, with syndicated press release content in italics