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The Monochrome Set

XRAY.FM PRESENTS: Influential post-punk pioneers' 40th anniversary tour!

The Monochrome Set

The Prids, DJ Dave Cantrell

Wed, March 6

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$20.00

This event is 21 and over

The Monochrome Set
The Monochrome Set
Featuring original The 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 full time 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.
The Prids
The Prids
​Do I Look Like I’m In Love?, the new full-length from The Prids, illustrates the Portland dark pop band’s mettle through keen lyrical observations, but also in its attention to sonic detail and song craft—this record couldn’t have been made by any other band at any other time. “Do I Look Like I’m In Love?” and “The Shape” both swirl and build like dreams filled with grey skies and the flickering faces of past friends and lovers. These songs nudge up against the air-brushed punk of “Lie Here” and the bass-driven “Colliding,” which recalls the dazed jangle of early R.E.M. More than two decades in, The Prids have made the best and most cohesive album of their career.
The fact that there’s even a new Prids record is a miracle. In March of 2015 bassist-vocalist Mistina La Fave suffered a brain hemorrhage the night before the band was scheduled to enter the studio. The recovery was physically and mentally taxing, and La Fave is lucky to be alive, let alone playing and performing again. The Prids’ 22 years have been marked with death, sickness, divorce, and a near-fatal van crash that cut a tour short and left members bloody and broken—but they survive through the friendship and bond of founding members La Fave and guitarist-vocalist David Frederickson. While those events have invariably made their way into the band’s narrative, the two simply chalk it up to life.
​They met in La Fave’s small hometown of Saint Joseph, Missouri, in 1995, not long after Frederickson had moved there from Southern California. They started a relationship (they divorced in 2001, not long after they married), formed The Prids, and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, before settling in Portland, Oregon, in 1999. In that time they’ve released four full-lengths and a trail of EPs, toured all over the world, while gaining the respect of bands throughout Portland for their tenacity and longevity (The Prids are one of the longest-running active bands in the city). They continue to make music for the right reasons—with or without a label, for themselves. A few years ago they brought in drummer Gordon Nickel and multi-instrumentalist Tim Yates, their sturdiest lineup to date. These four individuals are what make Do I Look Like I’m In Love? such a special record.
​Throughout it all The Prids have remained completely DIY (the band even launched its own label/artist collective This-a-Way Records in 1996). Their videos and album art are as brilliantly conceived as the music itself. And in 2017 the Prids are playing with the same ardor they did 20 years ago. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and this band is the embodiment of that.
DJ Dave Cantrell
DJ Dave Cantrell
Established in 2012, with a solid and growing base of local, national, and international artists and listeners, SFUTF hopes to explore the many streams and tributaries of post-punk/darkwave et al, with a committed emphasis on the local scene as well as an always (rabidly) curious eye and ear on the scenes in Spain, Italy, Sweden, Mexico, Russia, Eastern Europe and everywhere else the revival spirit has taken hold. This would include local stalwarts like The Estranged, Arctic Flowers, Lunch, Vice Device, Shadowhouse and many more (they just keep forming!), as well as other North American bands such as Forever Grey, Shadow Age, Soft Kill, Drab Majesty, Spectres, etc etc, Belgrado and Perralobo from Spain, seemingly thousands of bands across Russia (especially from Novosibirsk; what is it with that place?), another thousand from Brazil, the list is deep and, well, pretty much endless. Of course there will always be time for some original post-punk/DIY to get thrown into the mix, as has been the tradition since day one. It's always nice to get a hit of the familiar. Before joining X.RAY, Songs From Under The Floorboard featured interviews with Led Er Est, JoyCut (from Italy), the Estranged, Arctic Flowers, Vice Device, while recent appearances in the studio have included Bellicose Minds and Shadowlands. The goal here is exposure for local bands mixed with a very fervent exploration of what's come before as well what's going on worldwide. This music never goes away, never ages, and, to put it simply, as your host I only want to share the excitement, share the results of what, for me, is a ceaseless search. Oh, and have a great time doing it. Wednesday nights 9-10pm.