The Mekons Announce New LP ‘Deserted’, Share Tour Dates

British folk-punk collective the Mekons will release a new album Deserted (PRE-ORDER HERE) on March 29. It is their first formal studio album since 2011’s Ancient & Modern. RollingStone.com announced the album, along with a 2019 tour spanning Europe and the United States, and the launch of a new music video for the song “Lawrence of California.”

Emboldened by a sold-out tour and a surge of interest in the States after the release of the documentary Revenge of the Mekons, the Mekons retreated to the fringes of Joshua Tree National Park and popular culture to record their new album Deserted. Singer/guitarist Jon Langford said of the recording experience:

“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.”

Track listing:
Lawrence of California
Harar 1883
Into the Sun
How Many Stars
In the Desert
Mirage
Weimar Vending Machine
Andromeda
After the Rain

The band will tour extensively throughout April and July and all currently announced tour dates are included below.

Tour dates:
April 2 – Newport, United Kingdom –  Le Public Space Newport (tickets)
April 3 – Leeds, United Kingdom – Brudenell Social Club (tickets)
April 4 –  Brighton, United Kingdom – Patterns (tickets)
April 5 – London, United Kingdom – 100 Club (tickets)
April 6 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Cinetol
April 7 – Berlin, Germany – Music & Frieden
April 8 – Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
April 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Alice
April 10 – Frankfurt, Germany – Mousonturm (tickets)
April 11 – Linz, Austria – Stwst Stadtwerkstatt
April 12 – Vienna, Austria – Chelsea (tickets)
April 13 – Reutlingen, Germany – Franz.K (tickets)
April 14 – Bad Salgau, Germany – Franziskaner (tickets)
July 14 – Chicago, IL, United States – Hideout (tickets)
July 15 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (tickets)
July 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol Entrance Space (tickets)
July 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (tickets)
July 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets)
July 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room (tickets)
July 23 – Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library (tickets)
July 24 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel (tickets)
July 25 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern (tickets)

Photo credit: Ricky Malpas

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