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'Posh Peel' - The Monochrome Set, Would-Be-Goods, Rapid Pig

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 - 7:30pm

 

THE MONOCHROME SET

 

 
The Monochrome Set are an English post-punk band formed in 1978, notable for its witty lyrics, the laconic delivery of lead singer Bid, and the idiosyncratically retrogressive playing style of lead guitarist Lester Square. Bid’s arch vocals gave the band a wonderful camp quality, and it was probably his lyrical smarts that alerted a young Morrissey to their presence; they were even one of his favourite groups before he formed The Smiths. Other fans include Franz Ferdinand, Iggy Pop and Graham Coxon.
 
After debuting with a triptych of fantastic singles for the Rough Trade label, 'He's Frank' 'Eine Symphonie Des Grauens' and 'The Monochrome Set', the band were snapped up by Virgin offshoot Dindisc to record debut studio album, 'Strange Boutique' in 1980. This was swiftly followed up by 'Love Zombies' later that year, and during this period the band also recorded 3 sessions for John Peel. In 1982, the band switched labels to Cherry Red to release their third album, 'Eligible Bachelors', and another pair of great singles, 'Cast a Long Shadow' and 'Jet Set Junta.' which earned the band another major label deal for 'The Lost Weekend' before they split in 1985.
 
 
Originally reforming in 1990 for a one-off Japanese tour, where they retain a large following to this day, the band continued for most of the 90s, putting out a string of accomplished records on Vinyl Japan and Cherry Red. The Monochrome Set regrouped once more in 2010 and since then the band have played fantastic shows in the UK, Europe and Japan, as well as releasing their 10th album, 'Platinum Coils', in 2012. A new album is set to be released in the Autumn and we are delighted to welcome them back to the Continental again. 

 

WOULD-BE-GOODS

 

 
Purveyors of elegant and melancholy pop with a BBC accent, Would-Be-Goods began in 1987 when Jessica Griffin recorded a single 'The Hanging Gardens of Reigate'/ 'Fruit Paradise' for the cult label 'el Records', followed by an album 'The Camera Loves Me', with the music provided by The Monochrome Set. Allegedly label boss Mike Alway's attempt at a Stock Aitken and Waterman style manufactured pop hit, the single unsurprisingly failed to chart, but delighted a select band of pop aesthetes spread far and wide. 
 
Several more great Would-Be-Goods records have appeared since then, roughly at intervals of every 4 or 5 years on other boutique labels such as 'Matinee' or 'Fortuna Pop'. During this time Jessica has learned to play guitar and put together a band of cohorts. The current line-up includes Peter Momtchiloff (formerly of Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, and Marine Research) on guitar, Debbie Green (The Headcoatees/The X-Men, The Nuns) on drums and Andy Warren (also of the Monochrome Set) on bass, all Peel session vets.
 

RAPID PIG

 

Manchester antagonists Rapid Pig have been terrorising, delighting, and baffling since the band's inception in 2000. There are expanses of light and shade, tension and release, tempo changes and often startling dynamic shifts. Their myriad infuences are not merely set uncomfortably one after another in a linear fashion, rather somehow stacked vertically. Results have been described variously as 'visceral' and 'I-don't-know-what-it-is-but-I-like-it.'

 
The band members have a broad range of musical interests, which can be the source of friction on long journeys. They range from Psych (Love, the Nuggets compilations) to Hip Hop (MF Doom); from Avant-Garde (Beefheart, This Heat) to Prog (Yes, Van Der Graaf); from Punk (John Cooper-Clarke, The Fall) to Folk and Country (Simon & Garfunkel, Hank Williams). 
 
In 2012, Rapid Pig reformed with a determination to 'do it properly.' Drummer/sound engineer Simon Mawson and bassist Tim Lyons (Harvey's Rabbit, who recorded a Peel session in 1995, Sandells, The Things) were recruited. The resultant album 'Wildlife' refined and developed on the initial sound with a new maturity.
 
Tickets £10
 
Online tickets are available from wegottickets.com, seetickets.com, and ticketline.co.uk.
 
In person from
 
The Continental's bar (01772 499 425)
 
Action Records (01772 884 772)
 
Preston Visitor Information (Guild Hall Box Office, 01772 253 731) 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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