If you’re an old punk or a young busker, you might want to head over to the The Marchesa Hall & Theatre on Saturday, Apr. 18. The good folks of the Austin Film Society are screening Revenge of the Mekons, a new documentary about the gritty punk/country/folk band of the same name.
The Mekons formed in 1977, in Leeds, England. While fellow Leeds University band Gang of Four grabbed the spotlight with their brand of political punk-funk, the Mekons, never interested in labels or punk rock posturing, gained a cult following through their many line-ups, constant touring and an endless stream of unpredictable albums. They may have started off as a raw punk band in 1977, but over the years the Mekons have experimented with folk, dance music, dub reggae, and, for better or for worse, may have invented “alt-country.”
The documentary gives us an overall view of the band. Interviews with past and present members, music critic Griel Marcus, author Jonathan Franzen and comedian Fred Armisen shed light on their unconventional approach to the punk genre. From protesting Margaret Thatcher’s policies in England to discovering Hank Williams on the lost highways of America, the Mekons never compromised their vision – they put out the albums they wanted to make, period.
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre is located at 6406 N. I H 35 #3100. Screening starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for AFS members. Director Joe Anglio and Mekons members Jon Langord and Sally Timms will be attendance for a post-film discussion. Purchase tickets online here.
Watch the official trailer for Revenge of the Mekons below.