Punk/indie/folk/country/reggae greats Mekons released Deserted earlier this spring, their first album in eight years. Made in Joshua Tree, the record is about extreme conditions and surviving through them. Its centerpiece is "In the Desert," which makes reference to the Iraq War, George W Bush, Tony Blair and Ozymandias, and features lead vocals from Sally Timms and drummer Steve Goulding. We're premiering the animated lyric video for that song that playfully spells out its themes further. Watch that, and listen to Deserted in full, below.

Mekons will be on tour in July, beginning with three shows in Chicago, plus dates in Madison, WI, Pittsburgh, Philly, Brooklyn (Music Hall of Williamsburg on 7/19), Los Angeles, Big Sur's Henry Miller Library (7/23) and more, with things wrapping up at the Calgary Folk Festival. All dates are listed below.


07/12/2019 Chicago Illinois US Hideout
07/13/2019 Chicago Illinois US Square Roots Festival
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
07/20/2019 West Kingston Rhode Island US Swamp Stomp
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
07/27/2019 Calgary Alberta CA Calgary Folk Festival
07/28/2019 Calgary Alberta CA Calgary Folk Festival

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