If the Clash was billed as "the only band that matters," the Mekons deserve the accolade "the only band that matters and endures."
Check out the song "Cockermouth" from the last Mekon's record, Natural, from a a Chicago show in 2008 on Youtube below--and buy the record, cheapskate. Seriously, it's the equal of W.G. Sebald, and that's saying a lot. Nobody does fatalism like the Mekons.
The great news is a new Mekons record is on the way and they are coming back to NYC this fall. They are playing two dates: Friday, Oct. 7 at the Bell House in Brooklyn (hard by the BQE) and Saturday, Oct. 8 at the NYC Winery. Go to the Bell House show and fuck the NYC Winery with their $22 reserved bar stools. "It's their world, and they can keep it," the Mekons sang years ago. But they go on.