• The Mekons never feel self-pity, and they’re always ready to join in the fight against authoritarian bullshit and hawkish subterfuge.

    — PopMatters
  • For over thirty years, the Mekons have flouted the rules or exclusively followed their own. Their post-punk roots didn’t stop them from writing country songs, and the culture at large was never safe from their carefully-considered criticism, in any genre.

    — MTV
  • The Mekons play like punks not because they forget their skills, but because they remember what punk taught them about how to feel.

    — Minneapolis City Pages
  • Elvis Costello once threatened, "I want to bite the hand that feeds me," but the Mekons tear away an entire limb.

    — Trouser Press
  • The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock 'n' roll.

    — Lester Bangs
Leeds, UK / Chicago, IL / NYC / Siberia

Sonic adventurers, punk rock fundamentalists, exuberant luddites, willing outcasts.

Mekons formed in Leeds, England 34 years ago in 1977 and Ancient & Modern is their 26th album. This current classic line-up has remained intact since the mid-1980s. Throughout their history, they have worked collaboratively and collectively with everything credited to the band, never to individuals. Their mind-boggling output consistently blurs the lines between high art and low and has included exhibitions in the UK and US, a deranged musical recorded and staged with Kathy Acker, an art performance with Vito Acconci, and several books including the unique art catalog/unfinished novel "Mekons United."

They are subjects of the fantastic 2014 documentary Revenge of the Mekons.


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