The Fur Coats are a psychedelic pop/soul sextet based in Portland, Oregon. Co-fronted by sweethearts Chris Karl Hoganson and Betty Downey, their all-star lineup includes current and former members of Reptaliens, Charlie Hilton, 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 decade. 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 its 2014 compilation album), and have 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 has released three singles with accompanying videos, which together formed a series entitled Mirror Gazing. Since the advent of COVID-19, the band has recently busied themselves with other, more intimate musical projects until they are able to grace the stage again safely.