The Monochrome Set/The Hepburns/Karen
Celebrating 40 years since the band's formation, The Monochrome Set return to The Thunderbolt to promote their forthcoming album due for release in February 2018.
Featuring original 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 full time in 2010 and have since toured all over the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, whilst also releasing four new, critically acclaimed, studio albums, the most recent, 'Cosmonaut', on the German 'Tapete' label in September 2016.
Support from The Hepburns
The Hepburns are a Welsh indie band from Llanelli, Wales. Born of the post-punk indie boom of the early-80s, but with their roots in the late-60s and early-70s, their sound is an amalgam of indie guitar pop with Burt Bacharach, Jake Thackray, and Jonathan Richman, a style fast becoming known in Carmarthenshire as Thackarich. They are due to release their 11th studio album In the Mean Time, a wry look at a post-Brexit, post-Trump world and the plight of the former working classes in the late-capitalist era, in February 2018.
The current line-up is: Matt Jones (guitar/vocals); Mike Thomas (bass); Les Mun (drums); Sue Reece (keyboards); and Cris Haines (brass).
Karen play songs that have been inspired by The Velvet Underground, The Go Betweens and Leonard Cohen. It's unfussy, heartfelt, quiet and loud. It perhaps takes us back to a time when bands just plugged in, played and enjoyed the moment. They are a 3 piece steeped in indie music heritage. Hugo played in The Heads and Loop. Tom: Secret Shine and The Beatnik Filmstars, Davey: The Experimental Pop Band and The Brilliant Corners.
Tickets - £12.50 in advance/£14.00 on the door
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