Legendary British art-rock band The Monochrome Set can boast The Smiths, Franz Ferdinand and The Divine Comedy as devotees of its unique and eclectic sound. Long a cult favorite in the UK and Ireland, the Monochrome Set is currently on tour in the US for the first time in many years. The band’s 40th anniversary (and near-infinite reformations) brings a box set and a brand new album, Maisieworld.
The Monochrome Set, with Bid’s clever lyrics and retro sound, has hosted a revolving door of numerous artists and artistic collaborators. The current lineup consists of Bid, Andy Warren, Mike Urban and John Paul Moran (who has worn everything from a Jesus robe to a tea-length tulle cocktail dress on this tour). The show at Bowery Ballroom did not disappoint: opening with their namesake song, “The Monochrome Set,” peppering the set with the jangly “Jet Set Junta,” and ending the night with their classic “He’s Frank,” fans of all ages danced joyfully to the best-kept secret in post punk. It was a wait well-rewarded.
Review and photographs courtesy of I’m Music Magazine Contributing Photographer Alice Teeple