Forget 'one if by land, two if by sea', Chivalrous Amoekons are coming, by any means possible! The product of long held and tall-grown wood for the creative expression of the once and future Mekons, Fanatic Voyage is an album of skin-crawling engagement with song and projection, rock and roll and revolution. Chivalrous Amoekons are comprised of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Emmett Kelly, Danny Kiley and Angel Olsen; their passionate collaboration makes the ten-song Voyage a thrill-ride through forty years of Mekons' songs with all hands on deck until the bitter/sweet end. Fanatic Voyage launches September 16th, but until then, what is it more than the smoke of lore and legend? Try a taste of "Oblivion" for starters, with dub-flavored languor retained from the original and the lead vocal split into a sensuous and urgent duet between Angel and Bonny! The firm hand on the wheel demonstrated upon this ephemeral cut from 1986's The Edge of the World showcase the ardent dedication of the Amoekons and gives you a taste of the further Mekons treasures that are held aloft on thee Fanatic Voyage!
A share of the booty from all sales of this record will be sent to The Roots of Music in New Orleans, Louisiana. Like the Mekons themselves, Bonny and his bunch put their money squarely on the future to and believe that although the world may be shit today, there is always a tomorrow! 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. May their work ever continue and the music forever play!