Mekons “Deserted” (Glitterbeat Records, 2019)

Forty years down the line, the Mekons remain one of the most credible bands to have emerged from Punk who are still drawing breath. One of the first outfits to recognise that authentic roots music could be punk in nature, they drew on insurgent country, folk and world music to forge a reputation as an … Continue reading “Mekons “Deserted” (Glitterbeat Records, 2019)”

The Mekons announce new album for March – Listen

Leaving you this weekend dear reader with news that British folk-punk collective The Mekons will release a new album ‘Deserted’ on March 29th via our friends at Bloodshot, their first formal studio album since 2011’s Ancient & Modern.  Emboldened by a sold-out tour and a surge of interest in the States after the release of the documentary Revenge … Continue reading “The Mekons announce new album for March – Listen”

Mekons “Existentialism” (Bloodshot, 2017)

It would be a terrible thing were you to be unfamiliar with The Mekons. Over almost 40 years they’ve recorded more than 20 albums of punky, post-punky and folky music that is at worst okay, generally very good and occasionally excellent (see 1989’s The Mekons Rock ‘n’ Roll, for example). That said, if you are indeed … Continue reading “Mekons “Existentialism” (Bloodshot, 2017)”

Jon Langford “Four Lost Souls” (Bloodshot Records 2017)

Jon Langford has an interesting and genre-hopping career as founding member of punk icons, the Mekons (celebrating their 40th anniversary this year), as well as alt-country pioneers, the Waco Brothers. Music aside, he’s also a celebrated artist, his paintings and prints of many illustrious music heroes having been exhibited all over the world, including the Country … Continue reading “Jon Langford “Four Lost Souls” (Bloodshot Records 2017)”

Cheshire Carr “Odds And Ends” (Independent, 2017)

CC are a Montreal-based folk collective, with the collective aspect shown by the many different voices and the mix of styles and textures. The album has a kind of collective identity but also a compilation feel. At its best, it is a fine mixture of contemporary Americana. This Song, bristling with suppressed energy, has vocals redolent of Night Beds or even … Continue reading “Cheshire Carr “Odds And Ends” (Independent, 2017)”