The Meanies announce first album in five years, ‘Desperate Measures’

The Meanies announce first album in five years, ‘Desperate Measures’

Photo by Peter Wheeler
Words by Tom Parker

The punk kings are back!

Melbourne’s renowned punk rockers The Meanies have announced they’ve got a new record on the way. Desperate Measures is the first album from the band in five years and comes after 2015’s seminal It’s Not Me, It’s You, which in itself was the band’s first record since 1994.

Slated for a July 2020 release, Desperate Measures is fittingly titled, bearing a typically brusque narrative mirroring the erraticism of today’s society.

Desperate Measures is an album title for the times, whether it be applicable to the rise of right-wing anti-intellectualism, the associated denial of impending environmentally apocalyptic disaster or the cultural lobotomy of today’s popular media,” says the band’s frontman Link Meanie. “It’s hard to see a way through this miasma of illogical negativity without… (drum roll)… desperate measures.”

The album announcement comes alongside a new single, ‘Cruel To Be Caned’, which resonates strongly with the current state of the world – one where anxiety, depression and isolation are more present than ever before. It’s a public outcry characterised by driving angular guitars and wanting vocals. It’s an anthem for today and a message we should all be taking seriously.

Check out the video for the new track below:

The Meanies’ new album Desperate Measures is out in July through Cheersquad Records. Give ‘Cruel To Be Caned’ a spin via streaming services.

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