Mekons prep first LP in 8 years, touring (listen to “Lawrence of California”)
Punk/post-punk/country/etc greats Mekons are set to release Deserted, their first proper album in eight years, on March 29 via Bloodshot. The title is a reference to where the band made the album: Joshua Tree, California. “The desert is not unlike the ocean (just drier) and equally inspirational to old pirate punk rockers,” says main man Jon Langford. “The harshness of the environment, the bold and embattled plants and creatures that live there are metaphorical for us perhaps. Have you seen the desert after the rain? There are deserts everywhere. We took time to ponder the vastness and the weirdness of the desert. Going to the country to get your head together is a ripe old rock cliché. We went to the desert to have our brains scoured… We went from one desert to another. A more hopeful place where we arm ourselves with spikes and endure.” You can listen to the album’s swaggering lead track, “Lawrence of California,” which finds them fired up as ever, below.
Mekons will also be touring this year, with UK/European dates this spring and US dates this summer. The Stateside tour includes shows in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and more. The Brooklyn stop happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 19 and tickets go on sale Friday, February 1 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/30).
All tour dates are listed, along with Deserted‘s artwork and tracklist, below.
Lawrence of California
In the Sun/The Galaxy Explodes
How Many Stars?
In the Desert
Weimar Vending Machine/Priest?
After the Rain
Mekons – 2019 Tour Dates
04/02/2019 – Newport UK Le Pub Newport
04/03/2019 – Leeds UK Brudenell Social Club
04/04/2019 – Brighton UK Patterns
04/05/2019 – London UK The 100 Club
04/10/2019 – Frankfurt DE Mousonturm
04/12/2019 – Wien AT Chelsea
04/13/2019 – Reutlingen DE Cultural Center franz.K Reutlingen
04/14/2019 – Bad Saulgau DE Franziskaner
07/14/2019 – Chicago Illinois US Hideout
07/15/2019 – Madison Wisconsin US High Noon Saloon
07/17/2019 – Pittsburgh Pennsylvania US The Warhol Entrance Space
07/18/2019 – Philadelphia Pennsylvania US Johnny Brenda’s
07/19/2019 – Brooklyn New York US Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/22/2019 – Los Angeles California US Lodge Room
07/23/2019 – Big Sur California US Henry Miller Library
07/24/2019 – San Francisco California US The Chapel
07/25/2019 – Seattle Washington US Tractor Tavern