Posted in music | tour dates on February 15, 2013

by Bill Pearis

The Monochrome Set back in the day

In the late '70s and early '80s, British post punk legends The Monochrome Set made a kind of effete, tongue-in-cheek pop that skewered social mores with a twangy, jangly sound which would influence The Smiths, Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand and others. And despite singer Bid's flip witicisms, they were exceedingly good at instrumentals too. No one else was quite like them and you can stream some classic tracks below.

The band called it quits in the '90s but reformed here and there for the occasional gig. In 2011, Bid, guitarist Lester Square and bassist Andy Warren got The Monochrome Set back together for real and last year released Platinum Coils, their 10th album and first in 17 years. You can stream that below too.

Bid played Knitting Factory in the mid-'00s with a pick-up band (including members of My Teenage Stride) but The Monochrome Set are coming over for real this spring, playing the 2013 NYC Popfest, which happens May 30 - June 2 at various venues around the city. (Sometimes wishes do come true.) Before Popfest, The Monochrome Set will play Bowery Electric on May 27 and Maxwell's in Hoboken on May 29 and tickets for the latter are on sale now.

The entire NYC Popfest line-up will be announced the first week of March, so stay tuned. Looks like The Monochrome will be playing some non-NYC shows while they're here (no firm dates as of this posting) but there are European dates which are listed below.


The Monochrome Set - "Jet Set Junta"

The Monochrome Set - 2013 Tour Dates
21/02/13 - Debaser Slussen, Stockholm, Sweden
09/03/13 - The Continental, Preston, UK
12/04/12 - The Drugstore, Athens, Greece
13/04/13 - The Drugstore, Athens, Greece
27/04/13 - Bush Hall, London, UK
18/05/13 - Nasti Club, Madrid, Spain
29/05/12 - Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ
30/05 - 2/06 - NYC Popfest
24/08/13 - Doune The Rabbit Hole, TBA, UK
19/10/13 - The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, UK
20/10/13 - The Georgian Theatre, Stockton, UK
24/10/13 - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
26/10/13 - Thunderbolt, Bristol, UK



Comments (17)

As far as I know, they'll also be playing around Phili, DC, maybe Boston, and then some West Coast dates.

Posted by chet bizzaro | February 15, 2013 2:52 PM

Also playing Bowery Electric May 27th.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2013 3:09 PM

Saw that Bid/Unreal Scarlets Well show at the Knit and it was great. Betting The (real) Monochrome Set will be even better. They made such amazing and underrated records. This is so great!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2013 3:16 PM

Would love to believe they will be playing elsewhere, where are you getting the information, Mr Bizzaro, Chet?

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2013 3:21 PM

They have a date in Philadelphia at PhilaMOCA.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2013 3:29 PM

Finally...some real news that matters!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2013 4:08 PM


Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2013 10:53 PM

I agree with 10:53.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2013 3:47 AM

Yeah, 5:24, I still recall their 1982 tour of Belarus to be the high point for this band. Can't believe that they aren't bothering to stop there this time around.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2013 6:43 AM

I saw them in Spain at an outdoor festival. If you haven't seen them, must do. Great musicians and timeless music.

Posted by GravyBoat | February 17, 2013 8:18 PM

saw them at Primavera in 2011...such an amazing band!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2013 10:11 AM

this guy is the best. better than lee fields and sharon dap jones.

Posted by two way radios | March 8, 2013 1:01 AM

No west coast dates. They r playing Johnny Brenda's and the record collector in Bordentown.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2013 3:26 PM

Philly show changed to PhilaMOCA on 5/30.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 1:14 PM

I'm glad they reformed

Posted by catering winnipeg | June 28, 2013 3:51 PM

One of the most important and influential bands to emerge from the post punk scene in the late 70s.The Monochrome Set are back, with original members Bid and Lester Square sounding as fresh and exciting as ever. See them this Thursday (24th) live at the Hare & Hounds

Posted by Ostrowski | September 17, 2014 12:54 PM

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