The Mekons from the album Deserted available from Bloodshot Records (by Bryant Liggett)
The Mekons have clung to an undefinable ethos for their whole career. Punks on paper and part of that first wave of British punk in the late 1980’s but far to the left/right of anything their contemporaries in the movement were creating. Then and now with the recent release, Deserted, The Mekons remain a curveball coming out of your speakers. On Deserted, The Mekons explore Art Rocked electric Roots music, avant-garde and progressive on a record is a perpetual motion machine that chugs and rocks. ‘I will be the king, I will be the king’ is the proclamation in album opener, “Lawrence of California,” an out-of-the-gate singalong charger.
“In the Sun/The Galaxy Explodes” kicks off with stabbing guitars and chanting vocals, followed by the slowed-down, dreamlike “How Many Stars?” that serves as both sea shanty and laidback ballad. “In the Desert,” with hushed, childlike vocals, could be a lullaby or weird soundtrack for Psychedelic times in said desert. The tune is quickly followed by the return of the stabbing guitars in “Mirage” while “Weimar Vending Machine/Priest?” could be a cut out of the Frank Zappa catalog with its high-pitched, Doo-Wop ‘na-na’ harmonies reminiscent of something off Joe’s Garage while “Andromeda” moves along with a playful new-wave bounce. There is Punk Rock violin/fiddle throughout the album, kicking off the closer “After the Rain.” A subtle ballad with its line of ‘come-back later, come back again, you should see us after the rain’ is perhaps a note that The Mekons, after twenty-two full length album releases and forty-plus years of truly being punk on their very own terms, will never go away. (by Bryant Liggett)
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