Here is another edition A Date With Lux, this time with the British Monochrome Set and the Portuguese Tricycles.
The Monochrome Set are on tour to promote the new album “Fabula Mendax”, and will perform in Coimbra (unique date in Portugal) on December 14th at the Gil Vicente Academic Theater.
The Portuguese Tricycles secure the first part, in a concert that serves to release the vinyl edition of the debut album by Lux Records.
Date With Lux is not a festival. It is not a concert. It is not a performance. That’s it and more. Lux Records’ goal is to initiate a cycle of artistic and multimedia activities of entities with past, present or future umbilical links to the Conimbricense publisher. From music shows to record editions, from book launches to photography exhibitions, from music videos to documentaries.
The next activity will take place with a concert at the Gil Vicente Academic Theater (Coimbra) on December 14th at 9:30 pm with the Monochrome Set and the Tricycles.
The Monochrome Set
The Monochrome Set released their first singles by Rough Trade in 1979. In 1982 they released the album “Eligible Bachelors”, the band’s third album and “one of those classics that must be discovered” with songs that resist “the weather filter”, stresses the publisher.
With several albums released in the 1980s and 1990s, the Monochrome Set reunited, after a hiatus, in 2008 to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary, which was the motto for five new original albums between 2012 and 2018.
Already this year the band released a new single, titled “Fabula Mendax”, with the label of German publisher Tapete Records.
In Portugal, the band performs with Bid (voice and guitar), which has remained since the original lineup, Andy Warren (bass), who has been with the band since the 1980s, Mike Urban (drums) and John Paul Moran (keys), who recently joined the London group.
In an article in the British newspaper The Guardian, journalist John Robb recalled the influence that the Monochrome Set had on bands like The Smiths, being one of Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s favorite groups, or the most recent Franz Ferdinand, considering it the band. “that history has forgotten,” overshadowed at the time by other post-punk formations.
Tricycles are the result of the collaboration of João Taborda (António Olaio/João Taborda) and Afonso Almeida (Cosmic City Blues and Sequóia) in the composition of “songs” and the incorporation of a rhythm section composed by Sérgio Dias, (drums) and Edgar. Gomes, (electric bass), which marks the birth of the band (2014). Themes are born on João’s piano or acoustic guitar or Afonso’s electric guitar and complement each other in the sound of the Tricycles… to listen at high volume!