Almost fifteen years after the Psychedelic Furs' hybrid of punk assault and melodic rhythms first hit the New Wave market, Richard Butler is back with a new band, Love Spit Love.
Those accustomed to Butler's rasping attacks on modern life will find Love Spit Love a natural extension of his musical vision. Really, Love Spit Love is only one step removed from the Furs. With brother Tim Butler still on bass, the main difference between the two bands is the emphasis on guitar. While in the Furs, Butler was forced to write songs exclusively with the bass; now with guitarist Richard Fortus, Butler's scope has broadened.
The difference in sound is significant. Moments on LOVE SPIT LOVE find the band sounding more like Camper Van Beethoven than their old, former selves. Opening with "Seventeen"--where Butler admits, "I can't believe it's been so long"--LOVE SPIT LOVE is the maturing of a songwriter and an honest admission of the passage of time.
Reviews"...Miraculously, against the odds, Love Spit Love prove that dodgy old rock vampires sometimes improve with age..." - NME (Magazine) (10/29/94, p.46) - 7 - Very Good -