Posted in music | pictures on May 29, 2013

photos by PSquared Photography, words by Bill Pearis

The Monochrome Set @ Bowery Electric, 5/27/2013
Monochrome Set

Arch, erudite post punks The Monochrome Set played their first NYC show in over 30 years on Memorial Day (5/27) at Bowery Electric with the pounding drums of their titular theme song leading the charge. Their opening trifecta hit with some of their best-known songs, "The Lighter Side of Dating" and "The Jet Set Junta." Featuring original members Bid (vocals, guitar) and lead guitarist Lester Square, plus longtime bassist Andy Warren and a fez-wearing drummer, the band and their music -- a melange of Spaghetti Western twang, gypsy carnival music and pre-Smiths jangle -- have aged gracefully.

Over for NYC Popfest and a few other shows, The Monochrome Set are also plugging a new album, Platinum Coils, which details Bid's 2010 brush with death via a brain aneurysm, albiet in the band's typical jaunty, witty style. Songs from the record were sprinkled throughout their set and fit nicely alongside classics like "B-I-D Spells Bid," "Jacob's Ladder" and "Eine Symphonie Des Grauens." After their initial 17-song set, they returned for two encores, playing "Goodbye Joe," signature single "He's Frank," another new song and finally the cowboy-themed "Cast a Long Shadow."

Though I would've liked at least one of their many great instrumentals ("405 Lines" or "The Etcetera Stroll"), it was a pretty satisfying setlist which you can check out below. Plus, Bid promised to mix things up across their three NYC-area shows, the second of which is tonight (5/29) at Maxwell's (tickets). Their Popfest appearance is Friday (5/31) at Knitting Factory with Math & Physics Club, Cassolette and The Very Most. Tickets are still available for that one too.

Also on the bill were Dot Dash who are made up of mostly DC indie pop vets and will open for The Monochrome Set tonight too. Last year's Winter Garden Light is quite good and you can stream a track from that below.

Psychedelic locals Your 33 Black Angels were on the bill too. More pictures from Monday's show below...

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SETLIST: The Monochrome Set @ Bowery Electric, 5/27/2013
The Monochrome Set
Lighter Side of Dating
The Jet Set Junta
Alphaville
Hip Kitten Spinning Chrome
Cauchemar
Streams
Walking with the Beast
Expresso
B-I-D Spells Bid
Forever Young
I'm Happy to Be Here
Waiting for Alberto
Wallflower
Cowboy Country
Jacob's Ladder
Eine Symphonie Des Grauens

ENCORE
Goodbye Joe
He's Frank
- new song -
Cast a Long Shadow

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Comments (7)

looking forward to Maxwell's tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2013 1:23 PM

Wow, Chris Christie really looks good after that lap-band surgery.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2013 1:40 PM

It's "Goodbye Joe" not "Hey Joe."

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2013 3:20 PM

ta for the review. actually flying into newark tomorrow night (if god spares us)to catch the show in world famous bordentown nj saturday night. (every business in bordentown should be called "elsie's", btw)

i've been waiting @ 34 f'ing years to see this band...lucky to have it happen while we're still in our primes!

Posted by 2nd balcony | May 30, 2013 10:38 PM

Should be noted that Bid did visit the US in 2007 and play Monochrome Set songs with My Teenage Stride as his backing band- I believe it was billed as Monochrome Set? Might have done some Scarlet's Well songs as well?

Posted by klop | May 30, 2013 11:31 PM

I was at the Knitting Factory show Friday night and feel so lucky to have seen this band. I never thought I'd have a chance to hear Bid sing songs like "He's Frank" live. The band looked and sounded great. The closest thing to witnessing pure 80s post punk obscurity that I've ever experienced in the U.S. Normally you have to fly over to Europe for that kind of really obscure "record geeks only" stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2013 11:43 AM

Saw them sometime in the early 80s in Derby after they had been on the Old Grey Whistle Test. I loved the idea of their using super 8 projectors whilst they played. 30 years later I met a young guy in Denmark who had just discovered them as if they were a precious butterfly that he had pinned to his collection of obscura ...the "hipster" nearly creamed himself when I told him I saw them back in the day! He didnt believe me about the projectors. "It was high tech mate, back then"

Posted by Davidoe | October 2, 2014 6:48 AM

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