After a seventeen-year absence, The Monochrome Set return with their new CD, Platinum Coils, the band's tenth studio album, and the long awaited follow up to 1995's Trinity Road. Realising success from the outset with their first single Alphaville back in 1979, The Monochrome Set were one of the first wave of 'post-punk' bands. A sixteen-year career followed, with memorable singles, Eine Symphonie des Grauens, The Monochrome Set, the Jet Set Junta, Jacob's Ladder and a whole bunch of classic LPs, Strange Boutique, Love Zombies, Eligible Bachelors and Lost Weekend (to name but a few), along the way. Right from the beginning, the band earned a solid reputation as purveyors of fine pop, gaining praise from '80s contemporaries such as Morrissey and Edwyn Collins. Importantly, in later years, this praise has continued with artists such as Franz Ferdinand, the Divine Comedy and Graham Coxon, all citing the band as a key influence on their own work. The Monochrome Set sound has often been described as 'timeless', and that alone explains why, over the years, the band has continued gaining admirers. The new twelve track CD, Platinum Coils, possesses all the hallmarks of a classic work, and for those already acquainted with the bands back catalogue, it will contain a warming familiarity, but, that said, more importantly, it shows that the band are both unafraid to break new ground and not prepared to trade on past accolade alone.