Having met as art students at Leeds University, the legendary Mekons started off as a post punk band, often borrowing their equipment from the Gang Of Four, even for their first album. Anarchic and socialist, they also brought a comic and satirical twist, mixing pop and politics in their songs such as 'Never Been In A Riot', a sly dig at The Clash's 'White Riot' Their most notable song was 1978's 'Where Were You?' (also the title of the Leeds Music History Exhibition at The Town Hall in 2011, a classic which stood well amongst all the punk bands of time. Certainly revolutionary, and never a commercial band, The Mekons always did things their own way to critical acclaim, and their style changed and developed to incorporate more folk and country influences over the years. Jon Langford, now based in Chicago, still a prolific artist, continues to play live, often with other members as Mini Mekons.
Director Joe Angio follows the Mekons as they record and tour 2011’s Ancient and Modern LP. They seem – after all the art-school posturing, the Thatcher-bashing, the getting signed, the getting bored – a genial lot. Content to play and be loved by a small, devoted fanbase. “You can’t stick to a manifesto,” says founding member Jon Langford. “But there’s definitely a thread.” Passion, good humour and love are wrapped up in there.
The film will be introduced by original member of The Mekons, Kevin Lycett so many thanks to him.
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