The Mekons Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Look everyone, it's Mekons, but now with brand new material! The inventive Leeds punk / post-punk group went to Joshua Tree in California in order to record Deserted (it's a desert, geddit?), but managed to avoid absorbing too much of the ghost of U2 into their sound. It’s brand new Mekons guys, what more do I need to say? On Glitterbeat.
Leeds legends The Mekons get the band back together, in a manner of speaking. While The Mekons has run in various incarnations since forming in the late 70s, new LP It Is Twice Blessed marks the first time that the original lineup has recorded an album together for almost forty years. It’s a classic serving from a group which spawned from the same scene as Gang Of Four and Delta 5 - spiky post-punk, rendered with shades of dub and country, that skewers the Current State Of Affairs with righteous fury.
Forty years of The Mekons this year! Naturally we celebrate with the release of some music, in the form of two recordings from the recent Mekonville Festival. Interestingly, one recording is by the current line-up of the band, and the other is from the original 1977 line-up, re-assembled for the purpose. Two-track 12” on Slow Product.
Taking a similar tact as Jack White, Mekons wanting to create perform and record all at the same time. Working more as a document or even a piece of performance art Existentialism was created live in front of a small audience and recorded with a single microphone in the middle of the room. Originally only available through the band, this is the first time it has been officially released.
The Mekons & Robbie Fulks
The Mekons decamped to the distant Scottish isle of Jura with international musical traveller Robbie Fulks to record this album. While they may be best known for their original punk action, they’ve moved into country areas since, and Jura proves the perfect opportunity to go fully island-folk. Ancient sounding tunes, on the Bloodshot label.