Published Dec 22, 2010It's been a fruitful time for not-so-long-gone band reunions, and though Brampton, ON's Moneen never broke up, they're getting in on the nostalgia anyway.
On Thursday (December 23), original drummer Peter Krpan (who parted ways with the group in March 2008) will be rejoining the band for a special Christmas show at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern. Through Krpan's full-time focus is now selling real estate in Toronto, he continued playing music, never ruling out performing with his friends in Moneen again.
"When I left, I secretly always thought that we'd play together again," Krpan recently told Exclaim! in mock secrecy. "The guys just decided that they wanted to do a special Christmas show and Steve [Nunnaro, Krpan's replacement] was unable to play so they asked me. Earlier this year, we played together for the first time since I had left and all the old songs were still plug-and-play ready. We definitely missed playing together and hanging out."
Fans are excited. When Krpan posted the news on his Facebook profile, hundreds of "likes" and positive comments flooded in. A targeted group of supporters, for sure, but Krpan does acknowledge why his time with Moneen is still important to many people.
"The band have been around forever now and have bridged [a pre-popularized] emo genre to a post-emo world," he says. "Moneen are no longer cool in the modern scheme of things, which is actually kind of cool. But for early to mid- 2000s throwbacks, we're still on point."
And that's exactly what showgoers can expect. Krpan promises a holiday set list that's "99.9 percent old songs," including material from the seminal The Theory of Harmonial Value, debut EP Smaller Chairs for the Early 1900s, the beginning of their Vagrant years, Are We Really Happy with Who We Are Right Now?, and follow-up The Red Tree.
"Moneen shoot first and don't ask questions later. Sometimes that makes for bad logical decisions," he jokes, "but it always makes for good fun if you can embrace it."