The Monochrome Set

DREAM presents

The Monochrome Set

Smokescreens

Saturday, March 9, 2019

8:30 pm

Soda Bar

$15-$20

This event is 21 and over

The Monochrome Set
The Monochrome Set
Featuring original Monochrome Set 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 permanently in 2010 and have since toured all over the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, whilst also releasing five new, critically acclaimed, studio albums, the most recent, ‘Maisieworld’, on the German ‘Tapete’ label in
February this year.

2018 sees the 40th year since the band formed and they will be gigging worldwide to celebrate this.

www.themonochromeset.co.uk
Smokescreens
Smokescreens
Los Angeles' Smokescreens specialise in a moody pop that wouldn't sound out of place on the Slumberland records catalogue in 1991 or Flying Nun around 1986. You could call it twee, but their new song "Out of Time" also features a rumbling bass solo. This is pop music that is toothsome and robust.

Featuring Corey Cunnigham of Terry Malts and Business of Dreams on bass, and Chris Rosi from San Diego's Plateaus on guitar, their new self-titled album, to be released on the Terry Malts curated label Parked in Hell, buzzes with hooks and the type of jangly melodies found on The Bodines or other acts on the legendary C86 compilation.

"It was recorded in a tiny, old dairy factory by Jon Greene who filled in on drums because we were a two-piece at the time (we often practiced and wrote with a drum machine)," explains Cunningham. "Sadly, Jon passed away in November. I know he was really proud of this recording and I'm glad it will be out there for people to hear. He was a great drummer and engineer."

"We wanted to make something that sounded like a New Zealand band from the early 80s. So we wrote the songs with that in mind and recorded in mono on an 8-track tape machine. I think we pulled it off. I'm fooled for the first few seconds before I remember it's our band.

Since the recording the band have expanded to a four-piece with Cunningham sliding over to guitar to make room for Brice Bradley on drums and Jenny Moffett on bass.

Smokescreens' self-titled debut album is available Feb 2 on Parked In Hell. ––NOISEY
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/