The Fur Coats
are a psychedelic pop/soul sextet based in Portland, Oregon. Co-fronted by married couple Chris Karl Hoganson and Betty Downey (who together also form the concept-pop duo ROOM
), their all-star lineup includes current and former members of Reptaliens, Charlie Hilton, The Gossip, Shoplifting
, and a litany of other Portland rock & roll barnstormers. Theirs is an extremely tight-knit collective — at their inception, most of them lived together in a haunted mansion in North Portland's Portsmouth neighborhood (several still keep an address there, and they continue to use its basement as band headquarters) — and that intense closeness is clear in both their writing and performance.
An explosion of color and sound onstage, The Fur Coats have built a large and devoted following at home and abroad since their inception early in the 2010s. They've made a regular practice in recent years of quick tears up and down the west coast, and have embarked on multiple European tours since the spring of 2017.
The Fur Coats have been featured prominently in the PDX POP NOW! Festival
(as well as on its annual compilation albums in both 2022 and 2014), and has had their Tiny Desk Concert contest entry glowingly reviewed for NPR's All Songs Considered blog
. Their previous EP, Desperate
, has garnered extensive local radio play since its release.
In 2018, the band released three singles with accompanying videos, which together formed a series entitled Mirror Gazing
. They are currently in the studio finishing their first full-length (release date TBA).