Julian Lee talks to the new wave rockers about prolific songwriting and the pressures of touring after 40 years together Image: Martin Morris. The band have been going, in various guises, for just under 40 years now; in fact, fans of band genealogy may be interested to hear that lead singer and songwriter Bid was in a band called The B-Sides with Stuart Goddard, who went on to become Adam Ant. There were a few people in my school who played this or that instrument, and jammed in various loosely-defined bands. At some point, it became more serious. However it was different in the early Monochrome Set period, in that Lester [Square, guitarist] used to write more music, and [previous percussionist] JD Haney wrote a fair proportion of the lyrics. It was a more collaborative band. Spaces Everywhere is a well-balanced record, fusing a contemporary feel with certain 60s elements and enough old school Monochrome Set vibes for the established fans. Fantasy Creatures, with its lovely verse, dreamy guitars and a subtle percussive feel is a particular highlight, while the ethereal Rain Check meanders gradually into your psyche and the quirky wistfulness of When I Get To Hollywood offers a post-modern driving song to ramp up the pace. The only change, really, is that we have separate rooms! Magazine Online Reliably informed.
Chart success was never an issue for The Monochrome Set. At least, that's what you might think when you listen to their earliest - in my view utterly brilliant - singles. Songs like 'Eine Symphonie des Grauens', the eponymous 'The Monochrome Set I Presume ' and 'Alphaville' aren't really chart-topping material, even though there are some fabulous pop songs hidden behind all the weirdness. But as time went by, the band became more and more pop-oriented, with singles such as 'Jet Set Junta' and 'Ten Don't For Honeymooners' being prime examples of their new direction. But they never lost touch with that aforementioned weirdness, which probably was for their own good. Soon after their arrival, Alway took off to form a new 'indie' subsidiary for the major label Warner Music.
Ian Curtis of Joy Division. In order to eviscerate the ELP-isms, Eagle-isms and ELO-isms that had come to personify mainstream rock by the mids, the initial flowering of the Punk Rock movement — needed to present an aggressive, oppositional, adamant brick wall of rhythm guitars and unsubtle arrangements. Yes, questions concerning this may appear on tests. If we were to detail the influence Post-Punk had on credible and successful other acts of the last 35 years, from R. Robot while staring at a picture of Patrick McGoohan. No, you may not join me. Not only is this the first visible 45 readily identifiable as Post-Punk, it was also deeply influential on the entire movement.
After C19 delays theartsdesk on Vinyl is back. My initial policy, reckoning that new vinyl would dry up under COVID conditions, was to do regular lockdown mini-editions with the material already set aside here, until it ran out. The vinyl, to my surprise, kept on coming. Global crisis be damned!