mekons

“The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.” —Lester Bangs

Sonic adventurers, punk rock fundamentalists, exuberant luddites, willing outcasts.

The genre-defying Mekons formed in Leeds, England in 1977, born form the emerging British punk scene. They progressed from socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. This current classic line-up has remained intact since the mid-1980s. Theirs is an improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; with occasional forays into the art world. Throughout their history, they have worked collaboratively and collectively with everything credited to the band, never to individuals. Their mind-boggling output consistently blurs the lines between high art and low and has included exhibitions in the UK and US, a deranged musical recorded and staged with Kathy Acker, an art performance with Vito Acconci, and several books including the unique art catalog/unfinished novel Mekons United. The mekons continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos. Their mind-boggling output consistently blurs the lines between high art and low and they remain one of the truly great live bands.

Released in 2016, existentialism, is a book of art, writing and music, and includes a CD of new songs recorded in real time at Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn, featuring a feral choir of Mekons' show attendees.

Mekons are subjects of the fantastic 2014 documentary Revenge of the Mekons.

Chicago bred duo Ronna and Geri met in the post-punk scene of Chicago where both girls were established local industry fixtures playing the scene. Their Chicago network was expansive, but eventually they found the “boys club” too constricting, so they relocated to California where they solidified their musical sisterhood.

Both Ronna and Geri found homes in the LA music scene. Ronna played bass for “Pay the Man” released on Dave Allen’s (Gang of Four) label World Domination and bass for GRRRL Band “Ms. 45” – who among other great bills did a tour with the Godfather of punk Iggy Pop. Geri kicked around the funk and acid jazz scene working with members of P Funk and Fishbone before founding trip-hop group Supreme Beings of Leisure and signing to Chris Blackwell’s post Island label Palm Pictures.

After years of entertaining the idea of doing something together, the musical stars finally aligned for these two friends. In the spirit of Skokie Illinois as a haven for immigrants and it’s stronghold against neo fascists, Skokie Girls blend together a wide range of influences from punk to funk to new wave to reggae to disco creating a sound that’s equal parts old school and new school.

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