Australia’s influential punk icons The Meanies have officially released their new studio album, Desperate Measures through Cheersquad Records and Tapes, while also sharing a new single and video for ‘Monsters’.
Desperate Measures is the first album from the legendary outfit in five years, since their comeback record, It’s Not Me, It’s You, reignited Australia’s longstanding love affair with the significant punk-rock outfit.
Engineered at St. Kilda’s Hothouse Audio by Jez Giddings and Craig Harnath and produced by Link Meanie and Craig, Desperate Measures is a 10-track onslaught of hard-hitting Meanies numbers that evoke the classic sounds that cemented the band as an iconic fixture in the annals of Australian music over 30 years ago.
New single ‘Monsters’ marks as one of the more politically charged tracks on the album, detailing how monsters are all around us, constructed by powerful people with dogged agendas.
“Monsters are created as fodder for emaciated egos, created as distractions or tools for politicians to get re-elected. Fuck their idealism; it’s the enemy of art and the enemy of us all,” says Link.
“However monsters created, they are a sign that we still have our training wheels on evolutionarily speaking, and need to be hyper aware and super vigilant of our fragile interactions. There are no gods that walk the earth.”
Coming hand-in-hand with the single is another clip by Link, which ties in with the series of animated videos he’s created for the album’s singles. Using archaic technology and a complete lack of tech savvy, Link has managed to cobble together hundreds of frames for the new video, despite many rants and dozens of software crashes.
The Meanies new record Desperate Measures is available now via Cheersquad Records and Tapes.