The arrival of The Happy Mondays at The Roundhouse this month is set to send many of the ‘Madchester’s’ followers into a E-flashback of early nineties tripping. The 19th and 20th of December will play host to the coming of a band that defined the sound of the Northern club generation. It’s easy to slap on a zeitgeist tag, yet the lads in The Happy Mondays embodied everything that Britain needed to hear. Thatcher’s Britain was renowned for inspiring working class artists into protesting with their music, The Happy Mondays born out of this need to change the clouded, pallid face of the neglected North.
The signature sounds of one of The Hacienda’s most provocative musicians’ was a combination of “gettin’ trollied”, house and soul music, as well as the pregnant idleness that gave way to making music. The boys of The Happy Mondays provided the UK with a remedy to one of the most downtrodden moments in recent British history. Their records reaching overseas made the world awaken to the brilliant new sound, concreting their status as one of the most influential and hyped bands to emerge almost from nowhere, ever. Coaxing the reigns from The Hacienda’s past musicians, the myth of Madchester extending from them and their idol-like presence in UK culture.
As well as their upcoming gig, the after party (hosted by Bez) at the Lockside Lounge in Camden ought to be a good trip down memory lane for fans and wreck-heads past. With a supporting from 808’s State Soundsystem, thrills, pills and belly aches is the spirit.
WORDS ETHAN O'CONNOR
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