Self Righteous Records
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When glancing over the track list of MeaDraw’s Fin Du Monophone,
one might start to wonder if this band are the genuine folk-punk article,
and not the toilet wall ramblings of some drunk, dysfunctional emo-rock
kid. From the opening, ‘Are We Gonna Die?’ right through to
the finale, ‘We’re Not All Gonna Die’, MD convey a strong
disposition for the socially inept and the mentally collapsed; for eerie
ghost towns, black magic and the ever encroaching Apocalypse.
And yet, should you get your mits on a copy of Fin Du Monophone, you’ll
be pleasantly surprised by the band’s genuine exuberance, warmth,
and positively infectious energy. In fact, MeatDraw do a great job of
uplifting, rejuvenating and brightening the heck out of their audience.
With a larger than life cast and an unmistakable big band/big sound feel,
MD are certainly living up to their moniker as carnival companions.
Just as the musicians of MD are likened to a ‘zombie army of freaks
and gypsies’, so too can the host of shifty and menacing undesirables,
so deftly depicted in the tales of Fin. Mix this with a heavy dosing of
Page France cuteness, a sprinkling of Herman Dune’s Parisien twang,
a spattering of The Unicorns indie-pop goodness, and a mickey full of
Win Butler vocals. Then chuck in a full bodied chorus of merry singers,
punchy show tunes, bleating horns, accordian, ukelele... and voila! You
have yourself a most generous and succulent serving of MeatDraw.