Saturday, September 26, 2009

In the light of 1000 smiles


The Screaming Meemees sound as fresh and vibrant today as they did in 1981 and 1982. They still leap out of the speakers full of teenage verve to a pounding almost martial rhythm from Joh and Peter. Tony Drumm adding the off-true Kiwi vocal and ear for a memorable hook line Jordan Luck would work into a high art. Michael O’Neill – style and guitar – never too little and never too much – punk sting and intent intact – but always so much more than that – finding power in the melody and colour.

[From Mysterex: The Screaming Meemees revisited]

Andrew Schmidt's overview of the Meemees' career is both incisive and honest (as his blog, which is utterly essential reading for anyone with even a passing interest in music from the southern isles).

Did we do 104 gigs in 1982? ..shit....

They were, and I'm biased of course, a thoroughly brilliant band.

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