Sat 10 September 2011 // 19:30 / Cinema
"How can anyone go through life without the dear, cuddly Monochrome Set?" - Morrissey
The most cinematic d'Anglais post punk bands, The Monochrome Set, walk to the big screen to cast a long shadow over the Star and Shadow Cinema tonight; from 1979, with an exclusive DVD screening of:
Compelling footage of The Monochrome Set's complete performance at the late 70s M80 US Festival. Filmed in back to mono-chrome, this atmospheric film captures 1979's best band in town out of town at the very beginning performing early numbers "He's Frank" (recently covered by Brighton Port Authority featuring Iggy Pop), "Eine Symphonie Des Grauens" and "Goodbye Joe" (also covered by Tracey Thorn) alongside unreleased "Fly Me To The Moon". An official DVD of the concert, poised for commercial release, will be available to purchase on the evening.
In complete contrast, the black and white Monochrome Set of 1979 will be followed by a very special live performance from a recently reunited and colourful 2011 line up:
Original members Bid, Lester Square and Andy Warren are joined by drummer Steve Brummell and keyboard player John Paul Moran. Still defying definition after thirty years, the band have returned to reap some reward from both critical and artistic applause along the way performing selected highlights from their stand-alone Rough Trade, Dindisc, Cherry Red and Blanco Y Negro back catalogues.
Glorious Glasgow cut ups and put outs from Graham Wann's POST-Bricolage and Sexual Objects collective. Debut 45, "Knocking Down The Same Door", available on We Can Still Picnic.
Sniffs play death songs, biker rock and synthesised sound; sensational sonic synthesis from Leeds.
Another Music In A Different Kitchen, Trevor Johnson's pioneering Saturday morning radio show on NE1FM, is 2 hours of what can be termed punk/post punk sounds from the late 1970s and early 1980s. An eclectic mix of bands/artists in their embryonic stage, some of whom would later be heralded for their influence on modern music, it also includes those many one off singles from bands who existed just to do exactly that, producing classic examples of do it yourself rough cuts with real attitude. Demand to hear spiral scratches from an era generally misinterpreted by the mainstream.