Featuring original members Bid (Vocals) and Andy Warren (Bass) with John Paul Moran on keyboards and Mike Urban, who was last in the band in 1990, returning on drums. Formed
Featuring original members Bid (Vocals) and Andy Warren (Bass) with John Paul Moran on keyboards and Mike Urban, who was last in the band in 1990, returning on drums. Formed in 1976 as The B-Sides, the band soon became The Monochrome Set and were heavily influential in the “post punk” scene.. The band’s early releases were on the legendary Rough Trade label before signing with Virgin off shoot Dindisc and have since had a long association with Cherry Red Records. They have been prolific in their recorded output over the years with an album count now into double figures. Over the years they have been cited as a major influence by many artists including The Smiths, Fatboy Slim, Blur, Franz Ferdinand and The Arctic Monkeys and their songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Iggy Pop and Tracey Thorn.
The band split, for the first time, in 1985, although they recorded and played live sporadically over the years. In 2010, after a hiatus of over a decade, they reformed full time, with a new album, “Platinum Coils”, released in 2012. Since then the band have toured all over Europe, the USA and Japan and released three further critically acclaimed, albums, “Super Plastic City”, in 2013, and “Spaces Everywhere” in 2014 and their latest album, “Cosmonaut”, in 2016.
The Bitter Springs are one of the most enduring and unpredictable independent rock groups this country (England) has ever produced, Much preferring to go unnoticed rather than be diluted by compromise and working in the stubborn single minded tradition of groups like Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Fall and The Smiths, always prepared go where the song takes them. They hail from the London suburbs of Hampton and Teddington, which is often reflected in the songs.
The band evolved from Last Party, who had formed in 1982 and eventually created their own Harvey records label, enjoying cult success with two albums and countless singles and EP’s, among them Melody Maker and NME singles of the week and two very influential John Peel sessions They changed their name in 1996 to The Bitter Springs and on their debut LP, From the Parish of Arthritis, even managed to coax Vic Godard out of retirement for a country duet with Simon Always changing musical styles from one song to the next, the only constant being the distinctive voice and lyrics of Simon Rivers,
who is often cited as one of England’s finest wordsmiths, they have continued to release many more singles and albums to date (always receiving great acclaim and accolades).
The Bitter Springs 8.30-9.10pm
The Monochrome Set 9.30-10.45pm
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
£16, adv £14