A Flock of Seagulls

May 3, 2024

Irmo, SC

Harbison Theatre

Review/Photos by Joseph Hett

A Flock Of Seagulls Are Out Of This World In Irmo

The legendary new wave band A Flock of Seagulls stopped in Irmo, SC at the intimate Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. This show had been on the radar for many people since the full season was announced last year. The synthesizer would soon be cranked up for a fun time for all.

The current formation of A Flock of Seagulls is anchored by sole original member Mike Score (lead vocals/keyboards). The rest of the band is made up by Pando (bass), Kevin Rankin (drums) and Gordon Deppe (guitar).

Before the show, several patrons in the lobby could be seen imitating Score’s classic “wings” hairstyle from the ‘80s. That’s ironic since Score now sports a bald look.

A Flock of Seagulls walked out to an ovation and then performed “Modern Love Is Automatic,” “Hearts on Fire” and “Rainfall.” After the foreboding “Nightmares,” Pando told a story of how Score was inspired by the movie “Mommie Dearest” to write that song.

Score noted that they have a new untitled album coming out pretty soon. The first song they featured from it was titled “Him.” After “Transfer Affection” and “The More You Live, The More You Love,” it was time for a brief intermission.

Back from a break, A Flock of Seagulls started the second set with “Say You Love Me” and two new tunes called “Lovers/Strangers” and “Some Dreams.” Score played a headless guitar for the everlasting “Man Made.”

As we were headed towards the end of the show, A Flock of Seagulls brought out their most timeless hits. During “Telecommunication,” Score spoke about his fascination with aliens. He also had the audience participate with the “ooo yeah” lyrics. Staying with the space theme, they continued with “Space Age Love Song.”

“Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” really got everyone up and dancing. Then it was time for the iconic “I Ran (So Far Away).” Members of the audience ran up to the edge of the stage to take it all in.

For the encore, they came back for “Messages.” A Flock of Seagulls left the stage and went into the lobby to meet and greet fans while signing autographs and taking selfies.

A Flock of Seagulls put on an amazing show in Irmo. They showcased precision musicianship with an evening of enduring music. They are must-see if they come to a town near you.

The Harbison Theatre has the ability to become the premier intimate concert venue in the Columbia market. I believe this is the first rocking show they have had there. Hopefully they continue to book more acts like A Flock of Seagulls.