When you’ve been to heaven and back, what’s left for a curious band? Apparently, the Mercury Lounge. But the Mekons, one of the sturdiest bands to emerge from Britain’s first wave of ‘70s punk, have delved down many sidestreets since the 1979 classic Fast Product (punk, folk, politically charged country, even) yet retained the firebrand rock edge of unaltered youth. The lineup has cycled steadily since their scrappy Leeds beginnings (Jon Langford and Tom Greenhalgh are the only originals remaining), but unerring is their staunch fanbase; to say they foam at the mouth is an understatement. See that old guy on St. Marks slicking back his mohawk and snarling at posers? He’s a Mekons fan. And, given the impact they’ve had, it’s likely you are, too. With the Horse’s Ha and Megan Reilly.
Sat., Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m., 2009