ALBUM REVIEW: The Mekons – Deserted | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 29.03.19







The fact that The Mekons still exist more than 40 years on is as unlikely as it is necessary, and their whole ‘career’ could be seen as an act of defiance, propelled by fear and whiskey and a sense of “if not us, then who?”

Deserted – their first ‘proper’ album in nearly a decade – sounds mostly as you’d expect: slightly shambolic radical roots music, the (un)usual mix of gnomic socialism, anachronistic rebel songs, drunken camaraderie, joy and failure, and it’s a fucking delight. There’s taut post-punk dub on In The Sun, nods to former fellow travellers Gang of Four on the raucous Mirage and some bastard hybrid of The Fall and Kurt Weill on Weimar Vending Machine. But ultimately it’s just The Mekons, thank God.


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