published: 12 /
Infectious comeback album from influential new wave/indie pop act, the Monochrome Set
Formed in 1978, the Monochrome Set's twelfth studio album, 'Spaces Everywhere', sees founding member Bid, who recovered remarkably from a brain aneurysm in 2010, joined by the the wonderfully-named Lester Square, Andy Warren and Steve Brummel.
'Iceman' with its bluesy riff opens proceedings, and it is immediately clear of their influence on current acts like the Divine Comedy and Belle and Sebastian on this and the very next track 'Fantasy Creatures' with its shuffling and infectious beat.
'Avenue' is abundantly reminiscent of Morrissey, and it is to no surprise that Johnny Marr once found their self-titled and magnificent 'The Monochrome Set' single amongst Morrissey's record collection which has clear influence to the early sound of the Smiths.
This release offers much more. 'Rain Check' is another infectious track, and the album does deliver another gem in the shape of 'When I Get to Hollywood'.
The album's final and title track, complete with proggy flutes, closes an impressive comeback for the band who have clearly influenced many artists including, as well as the aforementioned acts, Franz Ferdinand and the Strokes.
Oh, You're Such a Star
When I Get To Hollywood
The Z Train
In a Little Village