But I haven’t seen a single one any better than Mekons.
Why is that? Is it songwriting? Is it performance? Is it how it seems effortless and as if you were sitting with the band in your living room? It is likely all those things and more. It is just a fact. Other bands that write great songs (and I shall mention no names) will bore you right to sleep live. Likewise I have continuously heard bands whose musical efforts, when confined to a shiny metal disc or an mp3, fall flat. They only come alive on stage. Mekons' live show may be different from the recordings but it would be difficult to say either was superior.
Space In Your Face from Ancient & Modern
The Welshman in question, in this case, was Jon Langford.
“Those poor people in Boston,” said Langford.
10/06 - ARLINGTON, VA - Iota (A quiet night in with the acoustic MEKONS)
10/07 - BROOKLYN, NY - The Bell House (A wild night out with the electrified MEKONS)
10/08 - NEW YORK, NY - City Winery (A quiet night in with the acoustic MEKONS)
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Their new record and material is as strong as anything they've ever done and it is amazing how music made over so long a period and of such variations in style, fits together cohesively in a set. Their shows are time capsules but with past, present and a little future all tossed in together.