But the Mondays were proud members of a slightly thuggish, very northern English drug culture, and soon the party seemed to take precedent over the music. This was a band, after all, that flew on Factory's dime to record in Barbados, only to squander its entire recording advance on crack. Still, this reunion sees the band much older and presumably wiser. Only three original members remain: Sean Ryder, drummer Gaz Whelan, and maraca-shaking hype man Bez. But this spate of rare American appearances by the band promises impenetrable accents, freaky dancing, and all kinds of happily boozing ex-pats merrily dancing out of the woodwork.
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