The Mekons Play at The Bell House with Chris Mills
Fri., Oct 7: The Mekons and Chris Mills perform at The Bell House
According to All Music:
More than any band that came out of late-’70s England, the Mekons (the name taken from the popular sci-fi comic Dan Dare) have perhaps the most devoted fans of any band even remotely connected to punk rock. And why not? Over the course of several decades, this band, with an ever-shifting lineup (only Jon Langford and Tom Greenhalgh remain from the original), produced some of the best rock & roll on the planet, be it amateurish rock-noise, cool synth-driven pop, guitar rave-ups, or postmodern country & western, the Mekons have done it all and done it with style, grace, and a ribald sense of humor.
According to Linda Ray, writer for No Depression: The Roots Music Authority:
Pow! Biff! With a pounding rush of fear-fueled adrenaline, we “run with out sabers and our guns” in a futile attempt to escape the apocalypse. We feed the war machine to save our wives and babies from the vampires and the aliens, until we break ranks and escape to an even worse fate.
Chris Mills isn’t the first to offer a musical assessment of America’s current malaise in striking metaphors, but Living In The Aftermath makes the rest of the field seem ho hum. No brooding, here, or even explicit rage. Instead Mills makes his point in thrills and chills. He employs the fulsome rock arrangements he favors like the soundtrack to a fast-paced, white-knuckle action flick with monsters lurking around every corner.
Mills is currently living in Brooklyn.
8 p.m., $18, Buy Tickets
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Gowanus