Greg Kot on “Existentialism”

The Mekons thrive in the deep end

Whether it’s forming a band without really knowing how to play their instruments, flirting with country music even though there aren’t many cowboys or honky-tonks in their native Great Britain or making a live album with an unrehearsed choir of nonprofessional singers, the Mekons like to throw themselves into the deep end of things and see what happens.

All of the above “experiments” have worked out pretty well. The Mekons are among the longest-lived and most daring bands to emerge from the U.K. punk era, in part because of how the octet is able to absorb other musical languages — country, for example — and make something uniquely their own out of them.

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