It's 40 years since The Monochrome Set formed and the legendary band are on the road once more, bringing their hook-crammed melodies and dark sense of humour to The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh.
Featuring original members Bid (Guitar/Vocals) and Andy Warren (bass) with John Paul Moran (keyboards) and Mike Urban, who was previously in the band in the early 90s, on drums, The Monochrome Set formed in 1978 and were heavily influential in the 'post-punk' scene that evolved after the initial scorched earth of punk. The band's early releases were on the legendary Rough Trade Label before signing with Virgin offshoot Din Disc. They also released several albums on the Cherry Red label, making a notable appearance on that labels' well known 'Pillows and Prayers' compilation.
Though The Monochrome Set split in 1985 the next decade saw several reunions for both live gigs and further studio recordings, their album release count now being well into double figures. After a hiatus of over a decade the band reformed full time in 2010 and have since toured all over the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, whilst also releasing four new, critically acclaimed, studio albums.
This year, 2018, is the fortieth anniversary of the band's formation and they released a box set of their first four albums to celebrate this in February, that month also saw the release of their fourteenth, new, studio album, 'Maisieworld', both on the German label 'Tapete'.
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The Cathode Ray
The Cathode Ray return after a three year recording hiatus with “Another World”, the lead track from their forthcoming third album “Heightened Senses”, which is due out in the Autumn.
Lyrically concerning themes of alienation, hopes, fears and doubts, “Another World” is another bold musical departure for The Cathode Ray, evoking nothing less than the glam balladry of early Suede, via Bowie and The Smiths, married to subliminal dance beats. It sets out the stall for the new album which, as the title alludes to, promises to stretch the senses with forays into previously unchartered musical waters for the band.
It also marks the recording debut of guitarist Phil Biggs with the band, plus production assistance, cover art and video direction from Alex Thoms, the son of lead singer Jeremy Thoms.
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FOOD PROMO: Ticket holders for this event are entitled to a 20% discount on food purchased on the show date.
Advance tickets £13 stbf from Tickets Scotland. Buy online here. Over 18 only.