Forthcoming gigs & sessions:
19/10/13 – , Edinburgh, UK ()
20/10/13 – , Stockton, UK ()
21/10/13 – , Glasgow, UK (tickets )
22/10/13 – , Preston, UK (ticket )
23/10/13 – , Liverpool, UK ()
24/10/13 – , Birmingham, UK (tickets , , )
25/10/13 – , Oxford, UK (tickets )
26/10/13 – , Bristol, UK (, search “The Monochrome Set” if you can’t find)
23/11/13 – , London, UK ()
30/11/13 – , Lambres-Lez-Douai, France (tickets tba)
Another Monochrome Set devotee was Alex Kapranos who, in his pre-Franz Ferdinand incarnation of Karelia, coaxed Bid out of semi-retirement to produce him. When Franz Ferdinand emerged in 2002 they were bizarrely compared to Gang of Four – a band they sounded nothing like – when their most obvious role model was the Monochrome Set.
I also somehow found myself poking around the internet as if in preparation to make a sort of blog post-shrine to the Monochrome Set. A weird, candle-lit shrine complete with an old pin-up of Bid. Go ahead and get your special post-punk pants on, it’ll still be here when you return.
The Smiths have an air of the Monochrome Set about them: that brisk beat, 1960s twist, mystique, brilliant guitar tunes, and a strong sense of humour. You could say that the only difference is that the Smiths became the most important British band of the 1980s, while the Monochrome Set were relegated to such obscurity that only fevered specialists like Graham Coxon or Norman Cook (whose Brighton Port Authority covered ) would notice.
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