Mekons Cover Album from Will Oldham, Emmett Kelly & Angel Olsen!
Sea Note and Palace Records join forces to welcome Chivalrous Amoekons to their rowdy collective. Here we have one of the hottest road-leathered bands in recent memory, laying it all on the line for a joyous Fanatic Voyage to the center of the never-ending enigma of The Mekons. Pouring out from the bars of the opening number, the soulful strut of "Curse" makes us realize that we are in the hands of a fiendish and indomitable force – but ain't we always been?
Equipped with a variety of voices, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's band of 2012 (Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Danny Kiely, Emmett "The Cairo Gang" Kelly, Angel Olsen) was ideally suited to the multi-headed attack of The Mekons, and literally prepared too - they were packing a whole set of Mekons material in addition to the extensive Bonny catalog and, in the midst of a European tour, they dropped it on an unsuspecting audience in Zurich!
Fanatic Voyage was mixed in homage to Lou Reed's Street Hassle, removing all aspects of the live event beyond the musical performance. In the spirit of The Mekons to pay forward with all efforts to the next generation, proceeds from the sale of these recordings will go to The Roots of Music in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Roots of Music empowers local youth through music education, academic support and mentor-ship while preserving and promoting the unique music and cultural heritage of their city.