Formed in the late 1970s as an art collective, The Mekons are one of the longest-running and most prolific of the first-wave British punk rock bands. Through the years, the band's musical style has evolved, incorporating aspects of country music, folk music, alternative rock and even occasional experiments with dub. The band has experienced several changes in line-up since their formation 40 years ago, and although the current line-up of "Mekons" are writing and recording music, playing shows and touring, the original "The Mekons 77" have reunited and are playing live shows for a limited time.
Following the release of new single "Still Waiting", and the success of Mekonville - a weekend-long music festival organised and curated by The Mekons themselves, they have reunited and continue to play shows by popular demand.
The Mekons are one of the most revolutionary groups in the history of rock 'n' rollLester Bangs
More info at https://www.themekons.co.uk/
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Sons of Descent
SOTD are Hugh Duggie, Ian White and Stephen 'Bendy Toy' Evans. The band live in Edinburgh, Leith and Dalgetty Bay (Fife).
Ian was guitarist in Factory Records band the Wendys. Hugh fronted Mute band Foil and was in Lowlife with ex-Cocteau Twins bassist Will Heggie. Stephen was, and is, Bendy Toy, producer and solo electro act.
Ian and Hugh started things off in 2014 after a chance meeting, having not seen each other in the best part of twenty years. Over the next couple of years they wrote and recorded what became the Lazy Glamour debut album. BBC 6Music's Gideon Coe featured SOTD tracks several times through 2017 which encouraged the band to take things a bit more seriously. Stephen, an old friend and one time collaborator of Ian’s, got involved to do a remix and then to form a trio for live work. Since then he has joined permanently and shares writing/production.
SOTD self release through their Brawsome Productions moniker and make pop-tinged noir.
More info at https://www.facebook.com/SonsOfTheDescent/
Advance tickets £20 stbf from Ticketweb, Tickets Scotland. Over 18 only.