Watch the Mekons’ Trippy Joshua Tree Excursion in ‘Lawrence of California’ Video

British punk stalwarts the Mekons shared a new song, ‘Lawrence of California,’ from their forthcoming album, ‘Deserted.’

British punk collective the Mekons embrace the unreal nature of Joshua Tree in the video for their new song, “Lawrence of California.” The track will appear on the group’s forthcoming album, Deserted, out March 29th via Bloodshot Records.

“Lawrence of California” is centered around a thumping drum groove and a swaggering cow-punk riff, both of which anchor crackling swells of horns, feedback and the Mekons’ brash gang vocals. The accompanying video is set in the desert around Joshua Tree – where the Mekons recorded Deserted – and matches the song’s uncanny aesthetic with a mix of psychedelic effects.

Deserted marks the Mekons’ first formal studio album since 2011’s Ancient and Modern 1911 – 2011. In the years since, the group has released a variety of projects including 2015’s Jura, a collaboration with Robbie Fulks, 2016’s Existentialism, which was recorded in real-time with the help of a full audience, and 2018’s It Is Twice Blessed, which was made by the group’s 1977 lineup and released under the moniker, Mekons 77.

In a statement, Mekons co-founder Jon Langford said of Deserted, “The idea was to go to a brand new studio our bassist the Baron had set up just outside the Joshua Tree national park in Yucca Valley CA and see what happened – we were in the middle of a hectic tour and had been attempting to write material first by email and then in the van… Most of what we wrote was abandoned after arriving at the Los Gatos compound. The desert is not unlike the ocean (just drier) and equally inspirational to old pirate punk rockers. The harshness of the environment, the bold and embattled plants and creatures that live there are metaphorical for us perhaps.”

The Mekons will embark on a world tour in support of Deserted, starting with a European run in April. The band’s North American leg kicks off July 14th at the Hideout in Chicago, Illinois and wraps July 25th at Tractor Tavern in Seattle, Washington.

Mekons North American Tour Dates

July 14 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout
July 15 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
July 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol Entrance Space
July 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
July 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
July 23 – Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library
July 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
July 25 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

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Joe Strummer’s widow tells how she found The Clash singer’s lost tapes in their Somerset barn

His work inspired devotion around the world – prompting more than one fan to tell him he had changed their lives – but for a long time after his untimely death Lucinda Tait could not bear to hear her husband’s Joe Strummer’s voice. Her grief was simply too raw and his singing only served as a cruel reminder of what she had lost.

“When Joe died I was so immersed in grief and trying to find a way to move on that I couldn’t listen to his voice. It was just too much to hear him”

So it was only in recent years that Tait could bring herself to listen to the previously unreleased recordings by the former lead singer of  The Clash which she had discovered in their Somerset barn, shortly after he died of an undiagnosed heart defect in December 2002, at the age of 50,Now 32 songs from that stash of long lost Strummer tapes have been released as part of a new collection of work by a man who inspired [ . . . ]

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Joe Strummer’s Legacy Lives On in This Commemorative Album 

Joe Strummer will always be known first as the fire-breathing frontman of the British punk quartet The Clash, but he also led a richly productive creative life apart from that great band. Collecting nearly three dozen tracks from before and mostly after the group, “Joe Strummer 001” offers highlights of his solo efforts, including film and TV work (such as “South Park”), collaborations (with Johnny Cash and Jimmy Cliff), and a generous helping of obscurities and previously unreleased recordings. The range is dazzling, from foot-stomping rock and roll to Latin-shaded dance grooves to reggae (a Clash staple) to folksy acoustic ballads—and much more. For all the stylistic variety, his familiar sandpaper voice, capable of gruff urgency and tender reflection in the same breath, is consistently electrifying. Joe Strummer died in 2002, but his mighty legacy remains. [ . . . ]

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Joe Strummer Box Set With Unreleased Music Announced

Joe Strummer 001 features a full album of unheard songs and rarities

Joe Strummer—the English punk legend best known for his work with the Clash—archived his own work before his sudden death in 2002. Following his passing, his widow and Robert Gordon McHarg compiled over 20,000 items spanning Strummer’s career. Now, Ignition Records has announced Joe Strummer 001, a career-spanning compilation. The 2xCD and box set features his solo albums, recordings with the 101ers, the Mescaleros, soundtrack work, and a full album of unreleased songs including outtakes from “Love Kills” from the 1986 film Syd and Nancy. It’s out September 28.

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