The Monochrome Set Georgian Theatre Nov 30th

Primordial soup: Andy Warren and Bid went to school together, Lester Square and Adam Ant both attended Hornsey School of Art. The latter two formed a band called “The B-Sides”, which Andy joined sometime in 1976. Bid also joined a couple of months later, and Adam left shortly after. Lester, Andy and Bid occasionally continued to write and rehearse together (it was around this time that some of the songs later to be used by The Monochrome Set were written, e.g., Goodbye Joe, He’s Frank, Puerto-Rican Fence Climber, Lester Leaps In), until Adam formed The Ants with Lester and Andy. Whilst Andy continued on with Adam to record the first Ants album, Lester left The Ants in 1977, to form, firstly The Zarbies & The Ectomorphs with Bid and Jeremy Harrington, and then The Monochrome Set with Bid (Jeremy joined later).

To quote the Asahi Evening News, 1993: “When B-Sides singer Adam Ant quit the band for an ill-fated solo career, The Monochrome Set was born.”
You could say the band were reborn, certainly rejuvenated in 2012 with the release of the first new material in nearly 20 years with the album Platinum Coils. Since then the band have been prolific releasing further new material in 2013 with Super Plastic City followed by Spaces Everywhere (2015) Cosmonaut (2016) and Maisieworld this year.
Support comes from The Cathode Ray who make a welcome return to Teesside after supports with BOHJ, Fallen Leaves and Wire. Tickets from venue or here: Fast Forward Shows via SEE Tickets

The Chords UK Georgian Theatre 13th April

The Chords UK is the current incarnation of Mod-Punk Mega Group The Chords (originally 1979-81), and features original member Chris Pope.

Tickets £10 adv

“As savage as (Pete) Townshend with toothache… Ace.” Uncut magazine

“Loud, sweeping, righteous, and verging on the bombastic, it’s cut-the-crap stuff…it’s good to have him back.” Record Collector Magazine

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Support from Thee Strawberry Mynde & Sound Reaction

2018 Shows Update



5 shows confirmed so far for 2018.

1st up return of Richard Strange’s Doctors of Madness in March with supports from Sister Paul, Lilibud and Sally Wheatley which is a unique collaboration between ex penetration guitarist and Band of Holy Joy frontman Johny Brown – not to be missed.

“The missing link between David Bowie and the Sex Pistols” – I don’t really need to add much to that!!

Busy in April with shows from John Owtay,  Chords UK and The Galileo 7.

John Otway might now have reached the ripe old age of 65 but he’s still as mad as a box of frogs who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Never a dull moment and yes he will play Really Free!

Chords UK are the latest version of a band who formed as punks embers were dying out and the Mod revival movement was beginning to grow. They were lumped in with the mod scene and played with The Jam a lot but in truth they were just a really good band who played fast melodic pop music. Best known for the anthemic Maybe Tomorrow.

The Galileo 7 feature Allan Crockford who was an original member of Medway rockers The Prisoners and when not playing in Graham Day & The Forefathers records and plays live as The Galileo 7 and play psych-tinged, garage-flavoured, Medway-tainted power-pop that will “Tear Your Mind Out”

May sees the return of kirk Brandon’s Spear of Destiny with support from kirk’s partner in crime Stan Stammer’s band Crazy Pink Revolvers and King Mojo.

Spear of Destiny have a new album out this year entitled “Tontine” and will be airing tracks from it but as ever it’s the olies that get the crowd moving. Not sure “Preacher” will get an airing but I love this clip from Switch which was one of the finest live music shows on British TV in the Eighties.

As ever tickets from the venue or on line at SEE, Ticketsource and WGT or just get in touch to buy direct without booking fees.