Long-running British band the Mekons have released “How Many Stars,” the third single from their upcoming studio album, Deserted.
Recorded largely in their bassist’s new studio in California’s Yucca Valley, the song unveils a delicate, melodic side of the Mekons. Soft strings intermingle with bright percussion as a story slowly unspools, in true Americana style—an impressive feat when you consider how far removed that tradition is from the Mekons’ home country.
The Mekons have toyed with everything from abrasive noise rock to psychobilly, demonstrating versatility unlike other first wave Brit-punk bands surviving today. Deserted, their 22nd LP, is due out tomorrow. It’s their first official studio release in eight years.
Watch the video for “How Many Stars” here: